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If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins Stati Uniti, 2018
What’s most remarkable about the movie, aside from its sheer physical beauty and intense yet restrained performances, is how Jenkins democratizes the story, adopting one character’s point-of-view and then another, in different sections of the movie, and often within individual scenes.
March 04, 2019
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Uninterrupted, [Tish and Fonny’s] shared tenderness is luxuriated in, while Nicholas Britell’s vivid, Oscar-nominated, original orchestral score provides precisely the required timbres of cinematic melancholy and romanticism. It is a joy to watch.
February 26, 2019
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Jenkins and cinematographer James Laxton reinvented the way Florida and Georgia were filmed in Moonlight, and they do the same thing with Harlem in this movie. Immediately distinctive, their way of shooting actors in real places is without equal in current American feature films.
February 22, 2019
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The film’s slowness pulls both sensuous slink and deep dolour from Tish and Fonny’s story, but the persistent solemnity dampens any suggestion of transporting bliss – there’s laughter but no real mirth, no release.
February 08, 2019
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The tears I cried weren’t because I was in awe at the fact that the tenderness and warmth shared by the two transcends the glass dividing them, but rather that there is a barrier there in the first place. While love may be one thing, hope is something else entirely. Tish and Fonny’s boy is the embodiment of hope.
February 05, 2019
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Jenkins has been justly praised for adapting James Baldwin’s 1974 novel (not necessarily the most apparent Baldwin text to work through) with an eye to its insights on African-American identity, subtly (and not so subtly, with its ending) shifting elements and emphases to reflect upon the present.
January 02, 2019
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The faces we see extend beyond beautifully cinematic images—they’re also radical, in much the same way that Baldwin combined artistry with radical discourse.
January 02, 2019
Jenkins achieves something rare: he pulls the background into the foreground, combines a drama with an essay-film, an analytical documentary. What’s more, he does so without at all weakening or diminishing the drama; rather, the movie’s investigative elements intensify its emotional power, by reflecting them through its characters’ voices and consciousness.
December 14, 2018
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This is not a director’s performance type of movie as “Moonlight” was but more like a test of skill and imagination. What needs to really be stressed in any assessment of “If Beale Street Could Talk” is just how difficult Baldwin’s source material is to translate into a film.
December 13, 2018
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The details are impeccable, from the production design and wardrobe, to the performances, to the music and lighting. Even the fading sunlight as Tish and Fonny walk through their neighborhood feels of a different time. And in creating this world, Barry has given his actors the space to live so truthfully in their characters.
December 13, 2018
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When Jenkins is true to himself, he soars; he stumbles, though, when he’s overly faithful to the novel or doesn’t trust the audience. (A showily centered shot of a landlord’s skullcap reads like a sign for “Friendly Jew!”) The trip to Puerto Rico affirms Sharon’s love and force of will, but mostly feels like one female victim badgering another.
December 12, 2018
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Jenkins’s graceless storytelling misreads Baldwin’s hard thinking and anguished writing — Millennial fans admire his anguish — resulting in a mush-minded protest movie. Like Spike Lee, Jenkins builds a collage of cultural references and topical complaints.
November 30, 2018
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Barry Jenkins is a dyed-in-the-wool sensualist, a filmmaker who trusts beautiful sounds and images to get at the messiness of human experience. No matter how desperate the characters or modest the settings, his movies are calibrated for maximum ravishment: gorgeous faces light up the screen, vivid colors pop out of the shadows, music swells without apology.
November 30, 2018
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You could map many comparisons and macro-narratives onto If Beale Street Could Talk. It’s an urban panorama as meticulous and glorious as ROMA’s, but it knows its characters more thoroughly and is less fixed on its own grandeur.
November 02, 2018
Life exquisitely pours forth out of Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk. It’s a film that seems to move on unceasing currents of emotion, of love and pain, of big heartaches and small joys, of revelations and disillusionments.
October 12, 2018
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This is the great tragedy of Tish and Fonny’s story: To survive in America, they must acquiesce to its repressive strictures. Neither Baldwin nor Jenkins sees this as a necessarily permanent state of affairs though.
September 24, 2018
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The parallel plot structure is not a new device, but it is rarely used to such meaningful and moving effect as in If Beale Street Could Talk.
September 19, 2018
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I can’t say whether or not Beale Street’s precise sense of place honors Baldwin’s descriptions of New York in the 1970s, but the period detail is ultimately secondary to the director’s focused, rapturous faith in the power of faces to serve as their own miniature landscapes.
September 12, 2018
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It’s coated in a balm of compassion, one so enveloping that it threatens to render the film too nice, it’s characters too kind, flawless, unimpeachable. It’s hard to argue against such an approach, but then again perhaps that’s the problem: such an approach makes the film difficult to argue over.
September 12, 2018
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Jenkins approaches his adaptation with a dedication and intent that is readily discernible, yet stands just shy of fully realizing the sublime expanse of that space between, that embodied potential wherein lived form and poetics combine—though it must be said, such a space is neither easily nor often reached.
September 11, 2018
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Even while withholding violence, Jenkins has constructed an atmosphere of palpable, visceral danger that hovers even as Fonny and Tish go out on dates, even as Tish’s parents hold each other and dance.
September 11, 2018
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A lesser film might have left it at that: prison as both where black life seems to start, and where it seems to end. That’s a daring, urgent idea—but it wouldn’t be the whole story. It wouldn’t account for the persistent struggles for joy, progress, intimacy, hope, laughter: the stuff Jenkins’s film is full of.
September 10, 2018
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