If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk ★★★★½

“remember, love is what brought you here, and if you’ve trusted love this far, don’t panic now. trust it all the way.”

barry jenkins has done it again, folks. if beale street could talk is an emotional, heartbreaking, honest and utterly beautiful piece of cinema that is filled to the brim with outstanding performances from its amazingly talented cast and accompanied by a wonderful score. the story is told through shifts in time and anyone who has read my reviews recently knows that i’m a sucker for a good non-linear narrative so i thought it was structured very well and in a way that made it interesting to follow.

the pacing was slow a lot of the time, but that only made it feel more natural and i quite liked the way some shots lingered for a while. speaking of which, the close up shots where some characters broke the fourth wall were SO powerful and literally gave me chills every time. 

essentially, this film is about love in the face of injustice and for that i’m so glad it exists. it’s a true masterpiece and i’m delighted that i got to experience it in theatres on the day it came out.

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