"Queen & Slim" Movie: A Comedy and a Tragedy
I had been hyped up to see "Queen & Slim" ever since I saw the previews. I couldn't wait for the opening night to come. I didn't actually get to see it on opening night, but I still couldn't wait for it to come, lol. I almost didn't get in the next night either because my movie buddy underestimated its popularity. By the time it was time to reserve the seats, only four were left in the entire theater. We made it though, and everything worked out just fine.
The movie was about a couple who met on Tinder (online dating site/mobile app). They went out to dinner for their first date, and they exchanged small talk and got to know each other. They didn't seem to click very well, so Slim was just going to drop Queen off at home. Perhaps they'd have never seen each other again.
Unfortunately, a cop pulled them over on the drive home and did the typical "harass the black man" nonsense. Things got out of hand very quickly, and the cop ended up dead. The event left Queen and Slim bound to each other as they journeyed toward freedom and ran from the law.
What I Liked
I liked this movie because it pulled off mixing comedy, tragedy, drama, and action. No one expected Bokeem Woodbine (Uncle Earl) and his "female friends" to deliver such lighthearted and jovial performances. The audience laughed hard several times, and so did I. It was refreshing to have that burst of humor amid such a horrible situation. They weren't the only ones who brought some funny to the table, though. A little boy and his dad had us laughing about 20 minutes earlier. There was also an interesting character toward the end who was funny as crap.
Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith both gave amazing performances as the love-budding fugitives. Their dynamic was a cross between an old married couple, a black Bonnie and Clyde, and Romeo and Juliet. They knew their chances of survival were slim, so they wanted to live their lives to the fullest while they had the chance. They didn't let the fact that they were fugitives stop them from enjoying the beauties of the world. They didn't let it stop them from breathing in nature, loving each other, or believing in God. I loved their spirits!
I loved the support that Queen and Slim got from some of the people in the movie, as well. There were actually some good folks who understood the truth about what happened and helped them. The audience cheered them on every time.
What I Didn't LikeThere was a scene in the movie that might as well have been X-rated. They went to great lengths to show just about everything that was going on. I felt that it was unnecessary and kind of raunchy for it to be so graphic. It took some of the beauty out of their romance, and it disappointed me. I think I closed my eyes during most of the scene because I didn't need to be seeing that. Hmmm, well I guess we can add porn to the list of genres that this movie crossed!
I did not like the end of the movie at all. I can't say too much about it without dropping spoilers, but I can say with great passion that I hated it. It left me angry, dissatisfied, disgusted, and eager to use acronyms such as WTF and WTH.
I can only give this movie three stars out of five. Even though I was mindblown by the romanticism, comic relief, ingenious genre mixing, and "power to the people" energy, I still couldn't forgive the ending. Don't get me wrong. The movie is entertaining and worth every bit of $12 or so. But don't buy any popcorn because the underwhelming final scenes might nauseate you.