BLACK SKINS MATTER. A story as simple as BREATHLESS. The deeper you get into the film, the more it's a treat. Music, neon lights, sweat, cars & an itchy bitchy antelope named J. TURNER-SMITH === Une histoire simple comme A BOUT DE SOUFFLE. Plus on s'enfonce dans le film plus c'est un régal. La musique, les néons, la sueur, les bagnoles et la peau chaude de cette antilope qui dérange & qui démange, Jodie TURNER-SMITH.
This is not good. Script is heavy-handed, character dev. inconsistent. Racial injustice serves as a backdrop for this romance, but it's too big a backdrop to be treated as superficially as the film does. In this regard the film is actually horrible (#Defundlenawaithe). Good music. Solid directorial debut from Matsoukas. Watchable.
Enjoyed this a lot. A road movie that doesn't have large letters spelling out every damn city each time they go to a new place - and I appreciated that. Charming, tragic chemistry between 2 lonely black americans. Music video-y but that's not a bad thing - the cut could have been tighter. Liked nearly everything they put in here.
One of the best films to come out of America in the recent years. Innovative narrative, curious and impactful characters and a roadtrip around America. It's not too bold but it does leave a mark on the realistic world it presents. The clash between police and society that the story deals with does not overcome in importance the romantic journey of the two protagonists, which adds beauty to the film.
At its peak, ‘Queen & Slim’ portrays its protagonists with such unflinching heart and soul as to feel the bullet hit. Yet the narrative is often plagued by overindulgent asides, which feel more inconsequential and frustrating than as humanising counterpoints to its primary agenda
The first act is incendiary, packed with impending dread & an air of paranoia, with political commentary reflective of current conversations around BLM. It unravels shortly after, muddying the waters of its politics & indulging in too many implausible asides. The characters become vapid, thinly sketched symbols before being reduced to slogans on a T-shirt, but ultimately, like the film itself, they stand for nothing.
It's beautifully shot and the leads do alright with what they have, but it is so shonkily written that this can't save the film. None of the decisions are believable and there are absurd detours seemingly for no other reason than an aesthetic shot. Tho tunes are great which helps.
This film is imperfect and very frustrating. But all its imperfections and frustrating elements are rooted in the confusing and often nonsensical reality we live in. Because none of this makes sense but keeps happening all the time. Suspension of Disbelief is kind of over at this point. Matsoukas has assembled wonderful cinematography, nuanced acting, and a complex study of wrongs and rights. Overlong but beautiful.
The versatile Lena Waithe crafted a complex script around on another case of police brutality. But the premise is other than 'another victim in the black community'. Now that cop with itchy trigger fingers in the first place gets to be shot dead and the story goes wild... The storytelling is very gripping and i was continuously moved by how those two distinct characters interacted in that on the run situation. 8.25
Stylish, timely, and ultimately a little disappointing. Q&S is a crime movie, though we quickly understand that our protagonists are viewed as perps or victims, heroes or villains, depending on pov. It's also a road film but romancer is Q&S's guiding principle and that's what disappoints. I felt the middle of the film deserved to be something better than an extended albeit sumptuous music video. 3.5 stars