Black History Month: If Beale Street Could Talk

Friday, February 19, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Barry Jenkins 
Writer: Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin (book)  
Release: December 25, 2018
KiKi Layne
Stephan James
Regina King
Teyonah Parris
Colman Domingo
A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit. --IMDb
Y'all this movie is beautiful, heartwrenching, and incredibly real. There is a reason that Regina King won an Academy Award (she should have been nominated in the Leading Actress category) for this movie. From the writing and directing, both by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin, to the cinematography and the score, If Beale Street Could Talk is a must see.

Not having read the book, I knew very little about the story going in. I watched one trailer and I thought I knew what was going to happen going in. I was incredibly wrong. For one, I wasn't aware that the story wouldn't be told in a linear format. Non-linear formats in movies are some of my favorites becasue they are so hard to pull off. You have to really know the story and how you want to tell it in order for it to be good. And every single person involved in If Beale Street Could Talk knew what they were doing. The screenplay is so well adapted, the little moments in the movie ebbing and flowing like life.

One of my faorite parts of this movie was the family aspect. When two people come togehter, they also bring their families together too. As seen in this movie, it's not always an easy transition. When Tish reveals she is pregnant, her mother, Sharon, and her father Joe, are supportive of her but Fonny's mother is not. when Fonny is accused of rape and put into jail, everyone tries to work together to get him released. Sharon does everything and anything she can to get Fonny released. She even travels to a country where she doesn't know the language and traveling as a Black woman to get him the help. While the movie doesn't end in a way we would think it would, there is still a sesne of hope at the end.

I definitely want to read the book and re-watch the movie afterwards, but I love this movie as is. It's not the easiest movie to watch, and it will leave your angry at certain moments, but I think that it is well worth the watch.

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