QUEEN & SLIM – “The timely fugitive film we need right now”
Melina Matsoukas (Directorial debut)
- Daniel Kaluuya as Slim
- Jodie Turner-Smith as Queen
- Bokeem Woodbine as Uncle Earl
- Chloë Sevigny
- Sturgill Simpson as Officer Reed
A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer's gun and shoots him. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.
Forget yesteryear’s Bonnie and Clyde, Queen and Slim is the timely fugitive film we need right now. Yep, this lovers-on-the-lam road movie is chock-full of real world thematic context and provocative commentary, something for the “Black Lives Matter” movement to really hang their hat on. The frank performances from Kaluuya and Turner Smith really help fuel the authenticity of it all, delivering an effective love story of heartfelt perseverance. It also helps that the two have a busload of onscreen chemistry together (something I can’t say for most other modern Romancers out there). Queen and Slim also boasts some exquisite style and sound, giving the film an agreeable slickness throughout. This is a movie that looks and feels fresh, cutting through the noise as something different from everything else out there. What isn’t as agreeable however, is the movie’s 2 hour plus runtime, which alleviates a lot of the built-up tension come the final stretch. Regardless of its lack of tautness, this remains one powerful bit of “outlaw couple cinema” that you definitely shouldn’t hide from!