If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk ★★★★★

After the almost hermetic internal focus of Moonlight, I'm just so excited to see Jenkins do something this lush and maximalist. I'd be here all night if I tried to list everything I love about this movie so I'll just shout out a few:

1. The whole cast is excellent, but I think Brian Tyree Henry almost steals the whole movie

2. The way background noises and even sometimes the music sort of smear out during certain conversations is like... Mind-blowingly cool.

3. The cinematography is incredible but it wouldn't be anything without that production design. So many bold colors, so textured, but always totally tasteful.

Gonna keep my eye on pretty much the entire crew. Just astounding work.

Also I just wanna say, intense formalism sometimes gets a bad rap for being distancing or cold and distracting from the story, etc. All that "good direction should be invisible" shit. This would maybe be the easiest example I could show someone for why I don't believe that argument. Jenkins is supremely aware of and confident in his form, but (when he wants it to be), his style is so warm, inviting, and damn near enveloping.

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