Queen & Slim

Queen & Slim

DVD - 2020
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While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman, are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly becomes a symbol of trauma.

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motie
Feb 11, 2021

well done and a fresh approach to an old trope. Acting was great - even the bit parts - and how does Chloe Sevigny keep popping up in the strangest places - tho her part is a bit of a bit . it was interesting and rewarding to see u.s.a. black culture presented to the viewer without the usual exaggerations. my only objections were a few narrative lapses and slip ups - for one, what did become of the guy who was locked in the trunk of the Honda?

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LostWages
Feb 06, 2021

Being aware of the story yet still picked up little surprises here and there. Can't we just enjoy the scenes and stop thinking how complex it should be? For me it's a pleasant amount of pass-the-popcorn twists, actions, and beautiful candies for the eyes. I think the cast and the director did a wonderful job.

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Mickeymouse2020
Oct 10, 2020

This movie had me on the edge of my seat its a fantastic film and you won't be dissapointed at all. I won't tell anything you have to see it in order to know what I mean.

ArapahoeChristineS Oct 04, 2020

A fresh and dark “running from the cops” story with a modern social justice twist. The acting is superb and the writing is unflinchingly brutal as well as honest and beautiful.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 04, 2020

"Queen & Slim" brings together a veritable supergroup of black talent: Lena Waithe, who won an Emmy for "Master of None," actor Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out," "Black Panther"), model Jodie Turner-Smith, director Melina Matsoukas, who has done episodes of "Insecure" and Beyonce videos, and musician Dev Hynes, who records as Blood Orange. Though the film has a simple structure (it's a lovers on the lam story, a la "Bonnie & Clyde), the performers and filmmakers breathe new life into familiar situations, adding a lyrical beauty and a raw racial awareness. Some didn't like the ending, but I thought it worked. Chloe Sevigny, Bookem Woodbine, Flea (?), and Sturgill Simpson, as a cop, co-star.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2020

Like the 1991 “Thelma & Louise” on the Me Too moment, it is a road movie on BLM when a black couple with generic names Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out) are on the lam in the aftermath of a routine traffic stop by a white police officer. In the interview with the writer and director, the film is inspired from tragic incidents like Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Eric Garner ... (like to add Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery AND just today - Jacob Blake.)

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Annieoywong
Jul 19, 2020

This is a fantastic movie with great performance. The script was interesting but with an unexpected ending.

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Obsolete
Apr 09, 2020

All about a relationship created in an unjust moment in time. And that's what makes reviewing this film quite difficult.
Shown are 2 lives unraveling in what should have been an ordinary run-of-the-mill encounter. All of this created by a probably unnecessary traffic stop.
2 lives unravel and the unraveling continues until those same threads attach & weave together in a pattern shaped by this fateful tragedy.
In a way, it strangely reminds me a bit of Romeo & Juliet with a showing of additional tragedies as others around the couple grasp onto the happening & respond in their own personal way.
While I have rated this with 4 stars, I plan to watch it again & I may raise my rating to 5*s.

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ckilmjoco
Mar 21, 2020

Even though, this racially charged film moves slow at times, it continues to build. And so does the bond between these 2 strangers, on the run. A first date turns into a very dangerous and precarious situation. But, there is something a bit poetic about it. And a new take on a modern Bonnie and Clyde type of film. The performances by the 2 main actors are strong. And it's quite a departure for Daniel Kaluuya, compared to 'Get Out', showing the depth of his character and his acting range. And it was pretty much inevitable the way it ended. Overall, it is worth checking out.

CCPL_Sara Mar 18, 2020

I was struck by Carvell Wallace’s beautiful and brilliant essay on Queen & Slim in the New York Times as the film was hitting theaters last fall, but was even more struck by the film itself. Like Wallace, I left this film feeling cracked in half. Queen & Slim is at times brutally intense and at other times absolutely tender with new, potent love. Screenwriter Lena Waithe, the first black woman to win a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on Master of None, didn’t just adapt a Bonnie and Clyde or Thelma and Louise, she wrote an epic that will challenge viewers to consider what freedom is and does it continue to work differently depending on the color of your skin? If you still aren’t willing to honestly consider this, Queen & Slim might not be the film for you. If you are, be prepared to be swept up in love and pain and honesty so beautiful and shattering; feelings that remain long after the credits roll.

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jimg2000
Sep 01, 2020

Some good ones in IMDb, as these:

Slim: You a good lawyer?
Queen: I'm an excellent lawyer.
Slim: Why do black people always feel the need to be excellent? Why can't we just be ourselves?
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Queen: He told me nothing scares a white man more than seeing a black man on a horse.
Slim: Why?
Queen: 'Cause they have to look up at him.
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Slim: I asked my grandmother. She said babies come from God. They're his way of making sure no one ever really dies. I remember her saying, Through our children, we are reborn.

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