FIRST LOOK: Queen and Slim

Have seen previews for Queen & Slim in fairly heavy preview rotation at the theater over the last month. It is opening wide this week along with
Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

There is one thing about the trailer and movie info that I find puzzling.

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

Movie Info on Rotten Tomatoes as of 11/25/2019

One of the characters in the trailer refers to the couple as “the black Bonnie & Clyde.” On top of that, Slate.com is running an article with headline: “Queen & Slim Is Bonnie and Clyde for the Black Lives Matter Generation

This doesn’t seem like a very applicable comparison based on the trailer or movie info. Bonnie and Clyde were ruthless criminals. They robbed and murdered people for personal gain. They were notorious for their ability to evade the police and what did all this get this criminal duo in the end?

Killed by police ambush with a barrage of bullets from machine guns, shotguns and pistols. Look at their death car:

Bonnie & Clyde’s May 23, 1934 death car riddled with bullets and on display 85 years later

Would you want to be riding in this on May 23, 1934? Or how about 85+ years later the car you were murdered in being on display inside a Las Vegas casino for slot machine gamers to say, “Look, what crime gets you, kiddies!”

Conversely, Queen & Slim seems more like an accidental traffic stop propels the people into going on the run from the police.

Now, watch the trailer with this in mind:

Queen & Slim is opening wide 11/27/2019

See what’s confusing me? The woman is a defense attorney, someone trained in the law, and yet she’s decided not to follow the law? Why not?

(watch the movie to find out)

Nope, I don’t understand the whole “Bonnie and Clyde” reference except for the part about running from the police, but this couple doesn’t seem to have anything else in common with Bonnie & Clyde. Maybe this one incident does turn them down a dark criminal path, but even that wouldn’t make much sense. So a first date turns you into gangsters?

Will credit the trailer for making me curious, at least. Not that I judge movies based on their trailers, but this one is going to be hard to not to ask myself, so when will these two become Bonnie and Clyde?

Are you planning to see Queen & Slim in the theater, waiting for streaming or still undecided if you want to see it at all?

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