If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)


A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime. (IMDb)
The unique narrative construction works really well–instead of a storyboard, it’s a portrait, rich with history (both intimate and expansive, romantic and tragic), colour (the cinematography is great), and overflowing emotion (joy/hopelessness, love/anger), painted with the exquisitely beautiful strokes of the score (with Tish’s narration an excellent extra touch). Some scenes are maybe a bit too long, but the emotional build-up remains powerful (the climax-less ending doesn’t do it justice).
8/10 (Great)


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