Can I tell you a story?
Well… not really a story but my (re)view of this film I went to see.
Queen and Slim - have you heard about it?
I watched at Brixton’s Ritzy
A Love Story!
A LOVE STORY that follows the journey of two people, classified as Black.
Who went on a date,
as a matter of fact…
that was their only crime, to have the audacity to meet
but I guess, who decides who the criminal is, is determined by a class of elite
The drama begins on their way home
When the ‘powers that be’ saw they weren’t abiding alone.
But very much together – Black on Black unite!
I imagine this union caused anger, pain, disruption, jealousy and spite?
For it truly vexed the officer – maybe it was the connection of love?
Was it the elite that infected his psyche making him feel he was above?
Very quickly the narrative spun in a weird turn of fate –
Our heroes challenged the officer, his rage and this hate.
Without spoiling the film - that's all that I'll say
but the weird turn of events caused me to stay!
As I watched on the screen, my heart turned hard as steel.
As the story in front of me was the reality FOR REAL!
I got frustrated and angry, and frankly wanted to leave
But this story of love had caused me to seize.
I stuck to my seat, as terror changed into hope.
The romantic inside of me wished they would elope...
And live happily ever after - and that would be the end
But romance is for Romans... and I am African!
A Love Story!
But not conventional in theme.
About a man looking for love, and finds his reflection in a Queen
Enthralled by this narrative that was different from the rest
I stuck to my seat, to see... if Queen and Slim would pass my test.
Because watching black cinema in honesty I have found...
Is to show black oppression and self-loathing - for the consumer?
For the pound!
Once upon a time in Brixton, next to Windrush Square
Classified blacks took up space -
Protesting their freedom
But now, in the present, the classification has changed
And the white skinned uniform of gentrification is in Europe,
Is in Europe we remain?
Queen and Slim is (W)Rapped in humour,
the aroma of the ninties is skilfully interwoven in -
The poetic language works as spells, conjuring resilient messaging!
If you missed it, then you missed it – and it missed you because...
the layers at work were to delude you and send you to a realm of fuzz.
Like our ancestors told us –
death does not exist!
So never forget who you are or fear to resist!
As I researched further what was beautiful to find -
Was that our Black Love Heroes…
Wait! This really BLEW my MIND!
They are both actually British, which is an amazing fact
Because we all know Blacks in This Britain seldom get a chance to act... let alone Love!
A must watch!
But beware - Queen and Slim will trigger feelings of nostalgia, laughter, pain, injustice, love, lust, oppression, faith and freedom.
Starring - Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith
Directed by Melina Matsoukas
Written by Lena Waith
Brilliant and timely - 5 stars all round!