Over the weekend, Prime Video inducted a new horror comedy into its expanding list of streaming options. Slice is an upbeat horror comedy that will more than likely only find viewers in those people curious enough to get drawn in by its stars, Deadpool 2 breakout Zazie Beetz and first-time film actor Chance the Rapper. Of course, if you’re intrigued by that mash-up of talent, then you might find something to enjoy in this 82-minute flick.
Let’s start here: Slice, the first feature film from music video director Austin Vesely (who also wrote the script), is not a great movie. One could, in fact, easily make the argument that it is not even a good movie. And fair enough.
The town of Kingfisher exists in a world where ghosts and humans live side-by-side (albeit uncomfortably). Tensions flare between the populations, however, when a serial killer sets his sights on the local pizza delivery boys. A semi-promising setup is scorched almost immediately by clumsy exposition, cringe-worthy dialogue, and surprises so rote you’ll spot them coming around the corner.
Nobody bothered to tell Chance the Rapper or Zazie Beetz that Slice kind of sucks. Both actors show up to play during the film, and each one does their damnedest to lift the story to higher places. Beetz is formidable as a brooding woman in search of vengeance. Of course, we’ve come to expect nothing less from the Atlanta performer.
The real revelation in Slice is Chance the Rapper making his feature debut. Known as one of hip hop’s most intrepid innovators, Chancelor Bennett is no less striking when he (finally) hits the screen in Slice. There are twenty or so minutes of hushed whispers that lead up to the rapper pulling off his motorcycle helmet (he drives a moped) with a nonchalance that belies his lack of experience.
He’s a pacifist werewolf who just wants to deliver good food at a fair price. No, it’s not as clever as the director hopes it is, but Chance gives an assured performance that grounds the role and, in some small way, the rest of the movie.
So, no, Slice isn’t a great movie, but here’s hoping that someone out there besides disappointed stoners streaming the film in the middle of the night will stop and take notice. Chance the Rapper deserves more demanding film work; at the very least we need to make sure that 2020’s Trolls World Tour isn’t Chance Bennett’s last time on the silver screen.