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Queen & Slim

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2020
  • Melina Matsoukas
  • 131 mins
  • 15

Summary

A first date takes a shocking turn when a traffic stop leads to an officer's death. The fugitive pair hits the road for a life-changing journey. Crime drama, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith and Bokeem Woodbine

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

An awkward first date turns nightmarish for two African-Americans when they go on the run from justice in this dramatic debut from noted pop video director Melina Matsoukas. Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith - both British-born, incidentally - are charismatic and convincing as two strangers who become a couple while fleeing arrest, following a volatile encounter with an aggressive white cop. When footage of the incident goes viral, they also find themselves bemused by the folk-hero status that tragic events have thrust upon them. Though individual police officers run the gamut from racist to compassionate, the film offers an undeniably jaundiced view of US law enforcement. It also provides a compelling overview on how injustices prompt activist protest and a cycle of deepening mistrust. As a road movie that's also a state-of-the-nation survey, Queen & Slim offers a more challenging contemporary counterpart to the soothing approach of the Oscar-winning Green Book. It's a provocative yet nuanced effort, with striking visuals creating a richly heightened reality, backed up by a simmering retro-soul soundtrack.

Credits

Cast

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SlimDaniel Kaluuya
QueenJodie Turner-Smith
Uncle EarlBokeem Woodbine
Mrs ShepherdChloë Sevigny
Mr ShepherdFlea
Police Officer ReedSturgill Simpson
GoddessIndya Moore
Sheriff EdgarBenito Martinez

Crew

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DirectorMelina Matsoukas

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2020-01-31
Languages
English
Guidance
swearing, sex, nudity, violence
Formats
Colour
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