2018 ****1/2 119 mins.
After winning the Oscar for Best Picture with Moonlight, Barry Jenkins waited a couple years before giving us If Beale Street Could Talk, a much more beautiful, more polished film than Moonlight. It still bears the signature style of Jenkins, though this time around it feels as though his craftsmanship has been fine-tuned. This film tells the story of two young lovers, Tish and Fonny. Tish is pregnant, and Fonny is in jail for a rape he didn't commit. Set during the turbulent '60s, the film is a gorgeous, poetic love story filled with powerhouse performances. Regina King especially steals the show as Tish's fiery mother. If Beale Street Could Talk delivers many important, powerful messages, and it walks that delicate balance between hammering its point too hard and/or being too mushy and sentimental wonderfully.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.00:1
Rated R for language and some sexual content.
Based on the Book by
Written for the Screen and Directed by