If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

Blu-ray Disc - 2019 | Widescreen version
Average Rating:
Rate this:
33
1
A timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem involving newly engaged nineteen-year- old Tish and her fiance Fonny who have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
LPL_BeckyB Sep 13, 2019

I had to check the date on the James Baldwin book this movie is based on-1974. Although the setting for the movie matches that year well, the story could have been ripped from today’s headlines. Powerful, beautiful, and devastating.

b
bellch54
Sep 10, 2019

Could have been better and shorter! It dragged. I wouldn't recommend it.

p
Punnoval
Sep 03, 2019

Give Barry Jenkins credit - he certainly knows how to pour on the bathos and maximize the schlock effect - necessary traits to have if you are planning to be a success in Hollywood. He takes all the bite out of the Baldwin novel (Fonny's old man commits suicide after being caught stealing to finance the defense, Fonny gets raped in prison.)
In all scenes, Stevie James (as Fonny) sports a doofus grin with a total lack of emotion. Kiki Layne is hardly better as Tish, his sexless girlfriend who swears as if she is reading from a Dick & Jane primer.
You also don't have the slightest idea if the "white boy" lawyer is incompetent or he doesn't care.

a
AlBrit
Aug 27, 2019

The director has taken an im[portant social drama and turned it into a boring art film.

g
GiovanniS
Aug 27, 2019

It was a hard watch but it brought me into the moment with the beautiful film-score and the script dialogue scene between Daniel Carty (Brian Tyree Henry) and Alonzo Fonny Hunt (Stephan James) when they reunited. The theme of new life being brought into the world and seeing how that baby was delivered, in the midst of the cruel injustice that is sadly all too common for African Americans, and seeing the child with his parents was a cathartic experience. Cinematography was amazing. Re-watching the trailer after seeing this movie just made me cry.

v
voisjoe1_0
Aug 19, 2019

This story rings true today as much as it did when written so many years ago. James Baldwin would be sad to see that so much injustice still exists for African-Americans in America. Sadly I was close to this type of situation in 1970. Yeah, this injustice and false incarceration still exists and is now a for profit institution. And one of many methods to suppress the vote of millions of African-Americans. Did you catch the fact that some African-Americans believe that they will receive justice only in the afterlife?

m
mawall
Aug 16, 2019

A subtle and gorgeous examination of people trapped in broken systems that never forgets to see its characters as complex human beings.

d
desertflower8
Aug 14, 2019

The best thing about this film is the music and how it turned an ordinary scene into something compelling. Excellent use of instruments, extremely creative.
Movie 1 star
Music 5 stars

m
MargoBarron
Aug 11, 2019

Very good and enjoyable movie. The acting was exceptional with wonderful, mostly lovable, characters. Some others complained about the slow pace of the movie, but it worked just fine for me.

a
anonymouswe
Jul 29, 2019

I both loved and abhorred this movie. I rated it 1.5 stars because it was sooooo boring and slow. The underlying story is fascinating, and the acting is INCREDIBLE. I loved, and I mean LOVED the characters and story and acting - but my goodness did Barry Jenkins (Director) make in insanely BORING movie. If my spouse wrote this, it would probably be 4.5 stars as the slow pacing was not troublesome to my spouse. Alas, I am writing the review, my spouse is not. This story is compelling, the characters are incredibly intriguing, and the acting is top notch. But the editing and pacing is so slow it just ruins the movie, for this viewer at least. By 45 minutes in, I spent the rest of the movie enduring it to see how the story ends.

View All Comments

Quotes

Add a Quote
j
jimg2000
May 04, 2019

Some quotes in IMDb already, thanks to contributors, including this one:

Fonny: It don't seem to me like there's a reason to treat two Negroes so nicely. I mean, clearly we ain't got a pot nor much of a drink to make piss with. Pardon my French.

Levy: Look, man, with me it's pretty simple. I dig people who love each other. Black, white. Green, purple. It doesn't even matter to me. Just spread the love, you know?
===

In addition, there are text cards in the film as the Baldwin quote at the beginning and the ending one here on plea bargaining which is a hot debate on false accusations in our failed justice system, as :

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/27/movies/if-beale-street-could-talk-metoo.html

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at Skokie Public Library

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top