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Queen & Slim Review & Comments

lucasisking

Distinguished Member
I'm afraid I ended up really disliking this, despite the strong start (I also really enjoyed Bokeem Woodbine's segments; he was hilarious). The second half though I found mean spirited and distasteful, especially the sex scene which is probably the least sexy in cinematic history. From the cartoonishly evil and racist cop, to the adversarial undertones of the later acts, I felt it it went too far off the rails into victimhood porn. Also, given that these two are supposed to be the new Bonnie & Clyde, they dont actually seem to do anything throughout the movie.
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
I'm afraid I ended up really disliking this, despite the strong start (I also really enjoyed Bokeem Woodbine's segments; he was hilarious). The second half though I found mean spirited and distasteful, especially the sex scene which is probably the least sexy in cinematic history. From the cartoonishly evil and racist cop, to the adversarial undertones of the later acts, I felt it it went too far off the rails into victimhood porn. Also, given that these two are supposed to be the new Bonnie & Clyde, they dont actually seem to do anything throughout the movie.
I'm assuming they were attempting to highlight the surprising normality of the couple's life on the run, but I agree that it arguably needed less Thelma & Louise and more on the country's reaction, given that was the slant they were shooting for. I still think it's not bad at all for a first shot.

And you're right, Bokeem and his harem were hilarious. "Get out of here. And close my gate!"
 

DarkDogZA

Active Member
Added to my list. This looks good. Thanks
 

encaser

Member
It starts well and then slowly declines into not much at all. To say the pair let life come at them and rely on those they come across to do something, anything is an understatement but, then you do have them going on about God and preordained meaning.
It could do with a directors cut that was shorter for once, A sex scene where they didn't completely strip off in the backseat (who does that?) and police that actually promptly fire back when shot at and not have the shooter glorified by the look of amazing pleasure at shooting a cop that was clearly decent and trying to help.
I was surprised they never played Body Count's Cop Killer - assuming it's allowed for films, since the album ban...God bless Japanese imports!
 

Goonerdude

Well-known Member
A future cult classic wonderful cinematography and musical score 2 fine performances from the lead actors just a bit long & slow in places enjoyable watch.
 

Tom Davies

Formerly 'Malingo'
For a story that leans VERY heavily on folklore tropes, I didn't find anything they did or anyone they met to be worth even jotting down on a post it, let alone being immortalised in art.
The problematic triumphant tone regarding the 'revolution' sparked by their flight from the law was also handled very badly.
Far from evoking unity over a very real social inequality, it worked to alienate anyone with a more ambivalent opinion than "it's the cops' fault for driving black Americans to this."

Never mind the fact that the immediate response to the initial catastrophe was an attorney saying "let's run away, that's definitely the only way out of this".

I really did not get on with this film.

Which sucks, because the first 15 minutes suggested that I was going to love it.
 

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