Queen & Slim (2019), by Melina Matsoukas – Review

A pity to waste the opportunity to realize a remake idea that, in principle, had all of winning and, nevertheless, loses.

Making a remake is a redo, as the word indicates and as logic indicates, it is about improving it. If the versions of songs are not good as long as they simply repeat the same scheme with another voice and other arrangements; or they are valid, appreciable and appreciated, when they change as much as possible, remaining with the essence in which the original is recognized. The same goes for movies; It is not enough to change a Thunderbird for a blue Pontiac Catalina, it is better that the changes be structural. Nor does it seem enough, as it is mounted Queen & Slim, change a couple of white women fleeing, for a black man and woman who are immersed in a chase that does not appear. They slow down their flight from north to south, and from midwest to east across the United States. No, one gets tired of running away without even having the real sensation of being persecuted, and it is not about accelerations or dizzying mounts, no, it is about maintaining the emotion despite the fact that reflection takes precedence, because none of that suffers the Original tape, the other way around, has and abounds what is missing in this. To understand each other, we could go to the sad and helpful "they have between 29 and 39 minutes", but that in cinema has no palliative that saves a movie and in this case, either. It is the rhythm, rather, its absence; it has it until shortly after the incident the glaciation begins.

One gets tired of running away without even having the real feeling of being chased, and it is not about accelerations or dizzying mounts.

And it is not understood because neither is justified, nor is it logical that a normal man who commits an act like the one carried out by the protagonist and a lawyer who knows what a death sentence is, because one of his clients has just received one, flee without blood in the veins, or hysteria in the mind and body. No, none of that is possible when you also try to denounce the abusive and criminal treatment that the collective of color receives from those white supremacists with noises who embody the force of the law wherever they pass.

That the end of the remake resembles so much a shooting, it would be good if at least they let us think about it, without trying to prolong it until the stupidity of telling what we already know and as adults we can and must suppose and imagine; no, so you turn the tragedy into melodrama without pastel colors, which are the ones that would correspond to you. A pity to waste the opportunity to realize a remake idea that, in principle, had all of winning and, nevertheless, loses.


Synopsis During the first date of an African-American couple, for no apparent reason, both are arrested by the police. After killing the agent in self-defense, together they will flee, thus causing a desperate escape from the authorities.
country U.S
Address Melina Matsoukas
Script Lena Waithe, James Frey
Music Devonte Hynes
Photography Tat Radcliffe
Distribution Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Chloë Sevigny, Bokeem Woodbine, Gralen Bryant Banks, Roger Petan, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Sturgill Simpson, Roman Armstrong, Thom Gossom
Gender Drama
Duration 132 min.
Original title Queen & Slim
Premiere 02/21/2020

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