Queen and Slim (2019)

From IMDb: “A couple’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.”

What I liked:

  • Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya brings a real charm to his role and relative newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith bring a superb complexity to hers.
  • Queen and Slim displays a very pure and endearing understanding of love. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen it dissected so truthfully. There are some DEEP expressions, both verbal and physical that help hammer the idea home. I will be quoting this movie’s thoughts on love for the rest of my life.
  • There’s a lot of nice Southern scenery that just rekindles me wanting to visit the South.
  • Themes of social heroism are elegantly woven through the story.
  • I love me some clever camera work.
  • We get treated to a soundtrack that is mostly hip-hop and jazz (or a combination of both genres), that is used effectively.

What I didn’t like:

  • It starts off a little slow, but it’s like that for a reason.
  • There’s one totally awkward closeup shot of a police officer that is still bugging me.

Overall: A wonderful film about how real love can be when it’s unguarded and raw.

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production and has been published both online and in print for Los Angeles City College’s award-winning Collegian newspaper. He’s on Twitter and Instagram, and is also currently writing his first short novel.

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