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Movie Review: Queen and Slim

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(from left) Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) and Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) in Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas.

I found the film to be a love story and an insightful legacy of how social standing, abuse of power and position, can heighten in the moments of difference of opinions and standing up for what is right. In the film, Slim and Queen are on their first date, when it unexpectedly takes a turn during a minor traffic violation.

Now with a police officer dead, two sides of Queen and Slim’s story of what happened that night are being told, while the real story is being lived.

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Director Melina Matsoukas and screenplay writer Lena Waithe did an excellent job of showing how the media can manipulate a situation by only releasing what it cares to for a beneficial factor.

All while how protest can get out of hand and how people’s passion for what they believe in is very influential to our youth. There are two sides to every story, but yet everyone is going to have an opinion on what that party should or could have done, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it would have landed a better resolution.

Queen and Slim was produced by E1 Entertainment and will be released nationwide Nov.27. It stars British actors Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.

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Christina Jeter

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