Review: If Beale Street Could Talk
Unbow your head, sister.
Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) have been best friends since they were children, and are now a loving couple looking to move forward in their lives together. The Fonny gets arrested for something he didn't do, and Tish finds herself pregnant and trying her hardest to get Fonny out of prison. Their love for each other and their baby on the way remains strong, but there's no faith in the "justice system."
This has been one of my most anticipated movies of the year and my theater JUST opened it this weekend. Luckily it was worth the wait. If Beale Street Could Talk is a stunningly beautiful film from the way it's shot, to the lovely score, to the actors who really feel like a family on screen.
Layne and James have excellent chemistry together. The supporting player are also very strong, particularly Tish's family. Her mother, Sharon (Regina King) her father, Joseph, (Coleman Domingo) and her sister Ernestine. (Teyonah Parris) They are an excellent family unite and Ernestine provides some much needed comic relief. I loved the fact that she was making "No one would fuck you" jokes at Fonny's sisters because that is probably the immature shit I would do in her place.
This movie is very bleak, but there's so much love between all of the characters that it doesn't turn this into one big misery tour. They're being strong, so the audience stays strong along with them.
Memorable Quote: "I'm hip." - Frank Hunt (Michael Beach)