Queen & Slim

Queen & Slim

Blu-ray Disc - 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.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2020]
Edition: EnglishSpanish version
Branch Call Number: BLU DRAMA Quee
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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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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Alyxwrites
Mar 11, 2020

"Overall, I really liked Queen & Slim. I think it was a fantastic film, with well written characters, particularly in our two leads and the acting was great. You really get to sit with two characters, you understand them more and more as the movie continues. The script is really interesting and pretty unique for it be with black leads. I love the chemistry between Daniel and Jodie. You might find yourself rooting for them."

Copy and paste the link below for the rest of the review!
https://alyxwrites.blog/2019/12/07/movie-review-queen-slim-2019/

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ReaganLam
Mar 09, 2020

Everyone should see this film. The cast is phenomenal - great chemistry and dialogue. The subject of the movie hits close to home and shows the reality of people of color and law enforcement. Great movie overall. Opens the door for many great discussions.

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Miller1114
Mar 08, 2020

POWERFUL!! This movie highlighted a mere slither of the type of racism & racial microaggressions that Black and people of color have to deal with on a daily basis. This movie entirely destroyed the 'there are only a few bad apples' in the police department. Those bad apples feel comfortable brutalizing & murdering unarmed people because the good cops don't say or do anything to prevent it. All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Well done!!

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nellybells
Mar 06, 2020

I liked this movie a lot. It grew on me scene-by-scene. I didn't know the director b/c she comes out of song videos for which she has won awards, same for writer.

The movie begins first date (black meet cute as writer in special features says). They are pulled over by a white cop for failure to signal. Then it turns ugly and the cop is shot. The rest of the movie is Queen and Slim on the run. It is not Bonnie and Clyde, the context is totally different. Both sets of on-the-lammers are folk heroes but the subtext for Queen and Slim is that they are black and live in a time when it is open season for white cops.

From the NY Times review by A.O. Scott: “Queen & Slim” is full of violence and danger, but it isn’t a hectic, plot-driven caper. Its mood is dreamy, sometimes almost languorous, at least as invested in the aesthetics of life on the run as it is in the politics of black lives.

The set design is amazing. The scene in the black blues club, what they and we see out their windows as they drive trying to figure out what to do next. Even Chloe Sevigny, who is the coolest woman in New York, is in the movie, a brief appearance, maybe 4 lines.

I didn't care for the music except in the blues club. I don't like popular music of any ethnicity.

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SAPL454
Mar 06, 2020

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PERF

An eccentric, cop killing episode that leads to a sequence of devastating actions that leads to the deaths of an aggressive couple.

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Nursebob
Feb 03, 2020

When an innocent man out on a date kills a police officer in a clear-cut case of self-defense there shouldn't be a problem—but this is Ohio, the officer was white, and the couple, Slim and Queen, are black. Convinced they’ll never be believed in court, the two take off on a road trip straight down America’s racial divide with one side lauding them as heroes of the new Civil Rights struggle and the other convinced their racial biases were correct all along. And therein lies the fatal flaw of director Melina Matsoukas’ first foray into motion picture territory. In her eagerness to point a glaring torchlight at institutionalized racism she sacrifices depth and subtlety (and narrative logic) in favour of a series of abject lessons on intolerance. While stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith do spark some onscreen chemistry, each character they encounter becomes little more than a soapbox from Queen’s pimp uncle and his stable of sullen ‘ho’s who present African American empowerment as an impotent charade to the white liberal who laments about “the war out there”. And if these cut-outs were not facile enough, Matsoukas piles on the irony with Slim’s Christian faith reflected in the crucifixes which seem to adorn every wall. And check out Queen’s tiger print dress—growl! But the ultimate insults come in the form of a ridiculous "Thelma & Louise" style passage followed by a manipulative montage of weepy eyes and staged defiance. With a plot so resolutely black and white it’s a wonder Matsoukas even bothered to film it in colour.

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