If Beale Street Could Talk (2019)

If Beale Street Could Talk (2019)

A compelling tale of coming to terms with injustice

The Very Best

8.1

Movie

United States of America
English
Drama, Romance
2019
BARRY JENKINS
Aunjanue Ellis, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Bobby Conte Thornton
120 min

What it's about

After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.

The take

Barry Jenkins’ follow up to his award-winning film Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk is a highly compelling tale that explores the extent of the emotional consequences of racial injustices through the lens of a young couple torn apart by the judicial system. Staying faithful to James Baldwin’s original novel while adopting Jenkins’ signature melancholic style, it fails to reach the brilliance of Moonlight, but still stands strong enough on its own and successfully tugs on your heartstrings.

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