Queen & Slim
A fugitive couple become unwitting folk heroes.
It’s hard to think of another recent movie that “radiates with the fury that sets Queen & Slim ablaze in its opening minutes,” said Eric Kohn in IndieWire.com. A traffic stop ends in a homicide when the officer pulls his gun on a black couple driving home from a first date. Afterward, Daniel Kaluuya’s “Slim” wants to turn himself in, but his date—a defense attorney played by “astonishing” newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith—believes no jury will believe he acted in self-defense. As the pair go on the run and develop a following, the story becomes less credible, yet it’s carried by “a simmering undercurrent of cultural indignation.” That, along with a potent soundtrack and the visual style, said Peter Debruge in Variety. “When a movie taps a nerve with the public, it doesn’t need to be a masterpiece to become a phenomenon.” When I watched it in a preview with the person I love, “we had no defense against its onslaught of fear, pain, hope, love, tragedy,” said Carvell Wallace in The New York Times. “If you allow it to be, Queen & Slim can be one of the great love stories of all time.” ■