If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
By Livia Peterson
From the director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, 2016), the expectations were modestly high. Based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin, the romantic relationship is established among Clementine ‘Tish’ Rivers (Kiki Rivers) and Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt (Stephen James). While Fonny is accused of rape, incarcerated, and did not commit the crime, Tish and her mother Sharon (Regina King) defend.
If Beale Street Could Talk is a subtly powerful film: the brilliant performances are in the forefront as the camera lingers on the images to allow the reflection and the nonlinear narrative (present, flashbacks) allow us to consider the current issues effecting the black folks such as the Black Lives Matter and #SayHerName movements.
Despite I did not resonate with Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk hit close home when I least anticipated it. Just ponder the fact the black folk are arrested and murdered for useless causes due to the skin color, as it is racism at its finest. As the government is still in shut down and employees remain without paychecks, If Beale Street Could Talk is the perfect film we need during the Trump Administration. A sublime motion picture reminding us every human deserves equal respect and dignity, regardless of the skin color and other circumstances. A-