I just finished watching Queen & Slim and had to share my thoughts. Before we get started, check out the following trailer if you haven’t seen it already.
Ernest “Slim” Hines and Angela “Queen” Johnson’s first date takes a turn for the worst when a police officer pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. Things get heated and Slim, out of self-defense, shoots the officer. Now labeled cop killers, Queen and Slim have no choice but to go on the run. Throughout their journey, they encounter danger, allies, and life lessons that turn them into symbols for many throughout the country.
I tend to have my guard up prior to seeing films with a Black cast, mainly because of the clichéd storylines, stereotypes, and liberal propaganda. But halfway through Queen & Slim, any preconceived notion that I had was shattered. Melina Matsoukas knocked this film out of the park and caught the ball herself. The fact that my adrenaline is still rushing proves it.
The outstanding chemistry between the two leads was evident within the first 5 minutes of the film, and it set the pace for the two hours that followed. The duality of their personalities made them a perfect match, and that was sealed a quarter of the way through. Although Black Love was the overall premise of the film, it’s still an understatement when it comes to describing Queen & Slim’s relationship. Their loyalty and strength for each other that blossomed as fast as it did, in such a short time period, was the perfect expression of Black Power.
There were several innuendos that resonated with me on a personal level, the main one being the importance of having a community look out for one another. The amazing cinematography, culture, music, and blend of social/political issues provided a gumbo flavor to an already intriguing storyline. Some of the inadvertent historical references, which I’m not going to spoil, also gave the film credibility because it’s still relative to the present day. And the synergy that leaped through the screen had the entire audience in the theater interacting with the characters and each other.
Everything that I look for in writing, visuals, and tone was met in this film. It’s to the point where I don’t have any critiques.
Grade of A
Until Next Time…