Excerpt: A beautiful story about ugliness, about dignity in the face of hatred, told via delicate yet steely performances that imbue it with a power at once tender and infuriating. Totally enrapturing.
Excerpt: Many filmmakers over the years have explored the human condition, but few have given the black community the same attention to passion and detail as Barry Jenkins has in his second feature directorial effort, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
Excerpt: Much like with Moonlight, Jenkins seeks to express [sacrifice and heroism through survival with] a poetic construction of resonant images, sounds, and experiences. He brings us into this world of aching love and romance tinged but never tainted by the horrors of what looms large above every action.
Excerpt: [A] soulful and artfully penetrating drama…a refreshingly stark and candid observation about the compelling anatomy of strong black love, commitment, sacrifice, and impenetrable faith. Poetically affecting and eerily as relevant today as the 70s…
Excerpt: Tackling societal pressure, social mores, gender roles, abuse of power, religious hypocrisy, and – above all – love, If Beale Street Could Talk is a gorgeously-shot and acted film, relevant on either side of its timeframe. It’s a film which wishes for its characters – and the audience as well – to stay hopeful in the face of the insurmountable, its force speaking through its quiet tones and its engrossing construction.
Excerpt: Jenkins’ film is a treasure as is Nicholas Britell’s score accompanying it. Together with a great ensemble cast and outstandingly sensitive cinematography, this film will be placed amidst the classics.
Excerpt: By far and away the best dramatic film I have seen this awards season, it is clear from the first frame (overhead—wonderful touch of many) that Jenkins’ realization of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel is as true to the author as it is universal to any race or creed trying to survive in “white man’s” world.