Queen & Slim offers outstanding performances – DVD review

By Tribute on March 3, 2020 | 1 Comment

In the drama Queen & Slim, Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) and Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) have just enjoyed their first date, and Slim is driving Queen home when they’re pulled over by a white police officer for a minor traffic infraction.

A misunderstanding with the officer leads to the situation escalating as he pulls out his gun. In the ensuing confusion, Slim kills the officer in self-defense. Queen, who is a lawyer, decides she and Slim need to leave the scene immediately before other police officers arrive and jump to incorrect conclusions. The terrified duo go on the run, in fear for their lives.

The footage from the police officer’s dash-cam goes viral. When the public learns that the officer was a racist who shot and killed a black man a few years prior, Queen and Slim become heroes, especially in black communities. However, it also leads to riots breaking out in other parts of the country, in which another police officer is killed.

Queen & Slim is filled with drama, crime and romance as we follow the lives of the two protagonists, who are very different. Queen works in a professional setting and is ambitious and witty, while Slim is extremely laid-back and religious.

The film explores the deeper meaning behind the war against black people and the criminal justice system in America.

Daniel Kaluuya, known for his award-winning role in Get Out and his role in Black Panther, doesn’t disappoint in this movie. Considering the fact that both he and Turner-Smith are British, they very convincingly play Americans born in the South. They also take time showing the audience who Queen and Slim are, as they bring their characters to life. ~Allison Palmer

Bonus Features:

A Deeper Meaning: Director and producer Melina Matsoukas and writer/producer Lena Waithe tell us more about the meaning behind the movie and why they chose Queen and Slim for the names of the protagonists. Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith talk about the complicated journeys of their characters.

Melina and Lena: A behind-the-scenes look at the creative partnership between director/producer Melina Matsoukas and screenwriter/producer Lena Waithe.

Off The Script: Screenwriter Lena Waithe reads from her original screenplay in a three minute video.

On The Run with Queen & Slim: In this featurette, go behind the scenes with cast and crew as they film in Cleveland and New Orleans. Matsoukas explains the weather conditions that brought some of the scenes to life.

Feature Commentary with director/producer Melina Matsoukas and screenwriter/producer Lena Waithe.

Queen & Slim is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

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Comments & Discussion

  1. Peter • March 4, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

    Powerful movie about an important message.

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