IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

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.

Starring:
KiKi Layne + Stephan James + Regina King + Colman Domingo + Teyonah Parris + Michael Beach + Aunjanue Ellis + Ebony Obsidian + Dominique Thorne + Diego Luna + Finn Wittrock + Brian Tyree Henry + Dave Franco

Based on the Book by
James Baldwin

Written for the Screen and Directed by
Barry Jenkins


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