If Beale Street Could Talk
First screened in September 2018
Director: Barry Jenkins. Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, Teyonah Parris, Ebony Obsidian, Dominique Thorne, Brian Tyree Henry, Finn Wittrock, Ed Skrein, Dave Franco, Emily Rios, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Bobby Conte Thornton. Screenplay: Barry Jenkins (based on the novel by James Baldwin).

Twitter Capsule: Jenkins' incisive and eclectic style amplifies what's best in Baldwin while complicating his own voice.

Second Capsule: From sound design to camera movement to the phenomenal editing, retaining focus as subplots and sidebars proliferate, this is virtuoso work.

Third Capsule: So strong and moving about solitude, solidarity, and strandedness. As eloquent about now as about then.

VOR:   Tricky adaptation, because of what is forthright and what is fragmented in Baldwin. This film rises to every occasion. A black love story like no other.



Photo © 2018 Annapurna Pictures/Pastel/Plan B Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A


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