If Beale Street Could Talk Review
What’s It About?
A young black man is thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit, while his young girlfriend, who is pregnant, fights to clear his name despite the many odds stacked against them.
Who’s In It?
Stephan James (Home Again, Slema, & more recently Race)
KiKi Layne (debut)
Other notables include:
Regina King (Enemy Of The State, Ray, & more recently The Leftovers)
Colman Domingo (Lincoln, Selma, & more recently Assassination Nation)
Director: Barry Jenkins (Medicine For Melancholy, & Moonlight)
Following the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Moonlight was always going to be a challenge, and yet, somehow, Barry Jenkins has managed just that with a beautiful, touching and thought-provoking film.
If Beale Street Could Talk, adapted from a James Baldwin novel, focuses on a young couple in Harlem who meet and fall in love. But just when things are looking promising for the young couple, Fonny is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and Tish discovers that she is pregnant at the tender age of 19, with her beau in the slammer.
With the support of her loyal family, Tish sets about trying to free her man, despite the obstacles thrown in her path and a prejudiced system.
Beautifully shot, with wonderful accompanying music, two sublime and hugely charismatic leads in Stephan James and KiKi Layne, bursting with chemistry, and an incredible support cast boasting the likes of Regina King, Colman Domingo and Ed Skrein.
In A Nutshell:
A beautiful, sensitive portrayal of love, both romantic and familial, triumphing despite the obstacles.