When we spoke with Lena Waithe for Adweek's L.A. issue in October, she was both excited and nervous about her new movie Queen & Slim because "it's the first feature that I've written that really took people by surprise, and the industry really responded to it." Now, audiences have, too: Queen & Slim made $15.8...
The (correctly) acclaimed drama, about a young black couple (Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith) who end up on the run after a first date ends with a fatal altercation with a police officer, ended the long holiday with a robust $11.7 million Fri-Sun and $15.8 million Wed-Sun debut.
Jelani Cobb reviews the film "Queen & Slim," written by Lena Waithe, directed by Melina Matsoukas, and starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, which is a meditation on a system of justice that treats innocent people as outlaws.
Lena Waithe describes the movie as "protest art," calling it her contribution to "the culture," in the same vein as works by James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry and Toni Morrison. A young black couple on a first date are forced to go on the run when they accidentally kill a police officer in self defence.