Run time: 132 mins
Matsoukas’ first rousing thriller spotlights all that goes wrong when true innocence turns to guilt with automatic prejudice in tow.
Following a not too great Tinder date at diner, lawyer Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and ordinary Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) are pulled over by a white cop. He starts okay-ish. Well behaved, the young black couple know how wrong this can go. Hence seconds later, from the ever familiar ‘nothing with no-one to blame’ all hell breaks loose. Two true innocents thrown together by ridiculous destiny are now bonded by ordeal. They have wind their way helplessly hoping to escape to who knows where.
This film thoroughly immerses you in the journey of its two hapless all-but children, their lives at stake at every turn. Assigned the task of carrying the narrative, Kaluuya and Turner-Smith deliver in monumental fashion. Outstanding. Neither drop a moment’s guard of performance in doubt throughout. Their chemistry burns like a torch and together their journey is remarkable. As their relationship evolves, inevitably.
Timely, provocative and bold, Queen and Slim is a strong portrait of the injustice that stains society. (Research Chris Coetsee) Predictable, but worth every second.