Film Review: Queen and Slim (2019)

The first feature film of Melina Matsoukas, best known for directing music videos for Beyoncé and Rihanna, Queen and Slim stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a couple forced to go on the run after an encounter with a racist cop. The film explores the ways that the actions and visibility of black Americans become scrutinised, magnified, and iconized in ways beyond their control, both by black eyes and non-black eyes. At the beginning of the film, Queen (Turner-Smith) is presented as a prickly, cynical, but intelligent criminal lawyer, who later also reveals tremendous pain and personal trauma within her family history. She suffers no fools and no loud chewing. In contrast, Slim (Ka

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