In Beale Street, love and anguish share the stage in striking detail


The point is made from James Baldwin’s 1974 novel at the start of If Beale Street Could Talk.

This drama you’re about to see could have happened anywhere in America.

Watch the work of these outstanding actors taking the direction of Barry Jenkins from his screenplay adapted from Baldwin’s deep message and you’ll believe it.

This is a movie that will move you.

Tish Rivers loves Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt, the boy she grew up with in Harlem and watched become a man. Now he’s in jail as she’s a 19-year-old expecting their baby.

KiKi Layne and Stephan James are exquisite as the pair of young adults as the story cuts back and forth between their hopeful courtship and their current state of despair.

Their plight is deep because Fonny has been wrongly accused of rape, set up, really by a racist cop out to get him because of a past brush-up.

We see her family, her so-caring mother and father and sister, work relentlessly with her attempting to right that wrong.

Regina King’s elegant, passionate work as Sharon Rivers deservedly earned her this year’s Oscar for best supporting actress. She was the perfect choice to play the caring mother who took a dramatic trip to Puerto Rico in an attempt to change the mind of the victim who’d fled New York to her homeland.

On the other side, only Fonny’s father works with them to try to make a new family come together.

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The love and anguish share center stage, in their hearts and on the screen. It will make your eyes well mind race.

This was one wicked time to be black and under the microscope in America.

How relevant still today, anybody who keeps up with the news knows.

4 thoughts on “In Beale Street, love and anguish share the stage in striking detail

  1. Mark, this is such a wonderful film and I’m so glad you did this review, hoping that everyone who reads it will watch. All my best to you. Thank you.


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