If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

DVD - 2019
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LoriVirginia
Mar 13, 2020

The acting was great. I particularly liked Regina King as Mrs. Rivers. A little slow paced, but it allowed emotions to be shown. Movie based in part on a true story about injustice. Sad, but still showed hope.

VaughanPLDonnalee Jan 07, 2020

This was a good, solid movie. It is a 1970's set film about a young African American couple who is torn apart after a false accusation and they are caught up in the machinations of the legal system. The story also focuses on the effect the false accusation has on the couple's families. The story was intriguing overall, the performances were great, and the movie was beautifully made. I did, however, find the movie a bit slow-paced. I was also expecting maybe something bigger than a domestic drama. So while I thought it was good overall, I wish it had been faster-paced and had a bit more content.

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readyrisa
Nov 29, 2019

A beautiful love story that manages to be sweet but still mature dealing with themes such as societal opression and injustice. Good film. Enjoyed it.

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movie20
Nov 22, 2019

The movie was slow. I fast forwarded a bit, but I liked the movie. Real people in an unfortunate situation. The characters were good well acted. I like the comment mawall made on this site in August.
I enjoyed the music score as well.

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bansidthe
Nov 02, 2019

Slow and disjointed. Mediocre acting and a terrible script

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uncommonreader
Nov 01, 2019

This adaptation was made with sensitivity and class. How great to see black people portrayed as ordinary human beings.

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.

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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.

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AlBrit
Aug 27, 2019

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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lindy919
Jul 18, 2019

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Good but this two hour movie felt like three. All the director's fault - scenes went on too long and p a u s e s... b e t w e e n... w o r d s... a n d... s e n t e n c e s... throughout.
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TechWriter1
Jul 11, 2019

Excellent story about being black in white America. My only complaint is that it is very slow moving. I liked the characters and the acting.

JCLHeatherM Jun 18, 2019

A slow burn, character-driven movie that chronicles the struggle of an African American family to get by when all of the cards seem stacked against them. Childhood sweethearts Tish and Fonny find themselves separated after a policeman targets Fonny and has him sent to jail. Tish and her family struggle to do everything they can to clear Fonny's name and start a new future together, though the reality appears to be grim.

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firefly5
Jun 10, 2019

I enjoyed this movie very much. Beautiful cinematography, sad story.

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jfd5
Jun 09, 2019

Movie was slow...enjoyed it but way too slow. Turned it off a number of times and did other things in between. One of those that I could have missed entirely and been fine with it.

CircMary May 31, 2019

A beautiful film! The love radiates out of those two faces. From the colors to the music to the performances, this is a special movie. Settle into the slower pace of a well-crafted story and let go. Your heart will be touched.

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doyoureadme
May 28, 2019

Beautiful, poignant, mesmerizing, and totally absorbing. Based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name. It's no accident that Barry Jenkins chose to adapt this story more than 40 years later, showing that although much has changed in the interval, much still remains the same. A superlative story about an enduring love, and the human spirit. Deliberately slow-paced, this is not a film for those challenged with a short attention span. It chooses instead to deal with real life pain, and heroic struggles to overcome the adversity fostered by a rigged system of racial inequality, rather than imaginary super heroes who blow a lot of stuff up.

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Annieoywong
May 17, 2019

This film is bored with average acting, I do not see why it was nominated for Oscar 2019!

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samjenks
May 14, 2019

This is not how all people growing up black grow up. This is a poor representation of intercity youth having sex before marriage and all the problems then face because of the choices they made. There is some racial injustice mentioned as well. I would not have my children watch this movie.

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jimg2000
May 04, 2019

A horrific AND terrific slow-burn story of growing up black, especially as a young black man in the 1970's Harlem ... and to a lessor degree in 2019. On screen Baldwin’s text at the beginning of the film "Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street, born in the black neighbourhood of some American city, whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York. Beale Street is our legacy." Understand that it is based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name. What took Hollywood so long to make the film? More on Baldwin's black Americans in his days, watch the 2016 documentary "I Am Not your Negro."


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