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Plot: Baldwin's novel "follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child. It's a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives." Written by indiewire Runtime: 119 min Release Date: 25 Dec 2018
So beautiful, i am speechless. Slow paced showing every emotion.
Speechless (by anissash)
A stunning film and a must see! With a true mix of emotions, it took until the credits fully rolled before I could take a breathe, and onto the parking lot, before I had a chance to really cry. This is an absolutely gorgeous film that moved far beyond my expectations. A must see, a must know about, and an epic journey into cinematic color, light and beauty. The music is so very well chosen. I was on an emotional ride from the first 5 to the last moments. This film deserves accolades on many fronts. It is a reminder of America's story, one we must look at again and again. As my partner <more>
held my hand he said, "This. This is our reality." Thank you for such a beautiful film.
This is beautifully filmed and brilliantly acted. There is so much nuance in this portrayal of urban black cultures in the early 60's in America. It is deep, glorious, and harrowing. Made me truly ashamed to be white. Discriminated against on the basis of color? We humans are mad.
Jenkins' Adaptation of James Baldwin is Deeply Powerful (by bastille-852-731547)
Two years after sending shockwaves through the film world with "Moonlight," which went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Barry Jenkins is back with "If Beale Street Could Talk." Needless to say, the film is excellent and is everything one could hope a follow-up to "Moonlight" would be. The film follows a young African-American couple in Harlem before and during when the man is wrongfully accused of sexual assault. While such difficult subject matter could feel slightly tone-deaf to some in the era of #MeToo, viewers should rest assured that Jenkins <more>
handles the material with a delicate and incredibly thoughtful sense of sensitivity. Like "Moonlight," the film's aesthetic qualities feel almost lyrical in tone, which is a beautiful sight to behold. The score is also superb as well, managing to be both quietly rousing and emotionally stirring.Jenkins' technique of characterizing the setting or settings where his films are set is put to great use here. New York City feels almost like a character in this film, as it adds a rich tapestry to the film's narrative. This sense is heightened further when paired with a meticulous sound design, where even simple and day-to-day sounds like a subway car rolling into the station enhance the viewing experience. The acting is strong and quietly powerful from beginning to end, and the amount of thoughtful character development that Jenkins deploys throughout the story's narrative is commendable. The same can be said to the film's frequent use of narration. In many other films, this could have come off as annoying, but the film uses this tactic to great ends here by primarily using it to enhance the audience's emotional connection to the characters. Such a connection further builds up the powerful nature of the film's narrative, which makes a powerful and deeply tragic statement on the nature of racism without ever resorting to feeling heavy-handed by the end. I will note that the film does take some time to get going and has a few minor redundancies in its beginning scenes. But otherwise, this film is superb and on par with "Moonlight" in quality. Baldwin's prose is not just honored in this film, but it is cherished. 9/10
A timely plea with timeless musings along the way (by jsph_calabrese)
If Beale Street Could Talk is hands down one of the best movies of the year. Barry Jenkins again triumphs in truly showing, not simply telling, that blackness is beautiful and that black lives do matter.Part of me understands the argument that this would have been best served as a theatrical production, as the dialogue feels as such at times. But then I come back to the fact that Jenkins is such an immersive director: intimate visual style, precise editing that enriches both the themes and intrigue of narrative, and his perfect use of music. The cinematic medium allows for the expressionistic <more>
strokes that elevates the story to such a powerful experience.Final thought: I do not remember life before this Nicholas Britell score. I keep refreshing Spotify hoping for it to drop.
This film is paced just as it should be. This pace is the only way to tell the story. To know James Baldwin you would know this is his pace. Very deep story of the treatment of Blacks in America, sadly because of racism. I was born in 1959. In 1974, I was 14 years old. I was aware of racism and the civil rights movement and the Black Panther movement. Blacks did not get a fair shake and even today we are not treated fairly. A good movie more of a non-fiction story rather than fiction. Thank you James Baldwin for your story and thank you Mr. Jenkins for telling Baldwin's story so well.
love and injustice (by ferguson-6)
Greetings again from the darkness. Humiliation and disgust register when we acknowledge that James Baldwin's 1974 book is as relevant today as it was when published. Though the book hardly lends itself to a big screen presentation, writer-director Barry Jenkins Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner for last year's Best Picture winner MOONLIGHT brings his cinematic artistry and deft touch to a story that is a touching love story wrapped in a tale of social injustice.Filmmaker Jenkins has succeeded in delivering the rare film that is filled with both tender, warm, smile-inducing <more>
moments and moments of absolute frustration that fill us with outrage. It's a beautiful film with a sweet story of love between two soul mates, and it's also a story of race, class, and Harlem in the 70's. The film begins with a Baldwin quote informing us that "Beale Street" is born from black roots - it's not geographical, but rather cultural. He's certainly not referring to today's tourist destination in Memphis.Tish terrific newcomer Kiki Lane and Fonny Stephan James, played Jesse Owens in RACE have been best friends since early childhood. They are now ages 19 and 22 respectively, and that friendship has blossomed into romantic attraction. Their fairy tale love story is shattered when a racist cop Ed Skrein falsely accuses Fonny of rape, and Fonny goes to prison. And if that's not enough, we witness the scene where Tish and her family invite Fonny's family over to announce she is carrying his baby. Fonny's judgmental and religious zealot of a mother reacts with indignation and is beyond cruel to Tish. It's one of the most emotionally explosive scenes of any movie all year. Regina King gives a powerhouse performance as Tish's mom, and she goes toe-to-toe with Fonny's mom played by Aunjunae Ellis Yula Mae from THE HELP . Fonny's dad Michael Beach, AQUAMAN and Tish's dad Colman Domingo, SELMA are stunned by the situation, and wisely take their discussions to the corner bar.That incredible scene of families clashing is offset by the tenderness and soulfulness of the scenes showing Fonny and Tish together ... whether on the neighborhood streets, in their apartment, or talking with a glass barrier between them. As the timeline gets bounced around, we see Fonny and his old buddy Daniel Byron Tyree Henry in one exceptional scene, and we also see the bond between Fonny and his café manager friend played by Diego Luna. The depth of these scenes is difficult to relay, and the film acts as both a character study and social commentary relevant to today's issues. There is so much precision and attention to detail in the story-telling and acting. The color palettes transition depending on the mood of the scene, as does the music - the strings used by composer Nicholas Britell are very much a part of the Tish-Fonny love story, and the brassy jazz music cover the rest.We get to know Fonny as an artist and charming young man smitten with Tish, who is a gentle and angelic soul. We see his changes while in prison, and we see how others react to her based on their race, gender and age as she works the perfume counter at a department story. Baldwin's writing is spot on as Tish in her role as narrator says "I hope that nobody has ever had to look at anybody they love through glass."Director Jenkins has delivered a special movie that is brilliantly constructed. It's a story of love and family and the impact of racism without any of the preachiness we often get. Cinematographer James Laxton expertly captures the tone changes, and having the actors periodically look directly into the camera at the viewer proves quite powerful. This is romanticism vs. reality, and speaks to the power and beauty of love ... and the strength to carry through even in an unjust situation brought on by a fractured society. It's a beautiful film.
Great film from Barry Jenkins! A moody film that focuses on a beautiful relationship. Regina King is triumphant, glad she got the Oscar nomination but was hoping for more recognition by the Academy for this film.
Touching (by cardsrock)
Barry Jenkins' best quality as a director is his ability to film movies with such a gentle, tender feel. This plays particularly well for films like this. The cinematography is an obvious standout, as are the score and performances. Beale Street definitely drags at times and it can't help but feel like a story this thin was stretched as far as it could go. However, any movie filmed this impressively is worth a watch.