If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

From IMDb: “A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn’t commit.”

What I like:

  • This is a very precise film, with a clear vision. Every camera move, every musical cue, every tick in the actor’s performances all feel so locked in.
  • You can tell each actor is giving their very soul to tell this movie, through poetic dialog and compassionate physicality.
  • Set in the early 70s, this film has a historic air about it, especially when it comes to the injustices that many African-Americans faced during those times.
  • Compassion is a strong theme blended throughout the film.
  • There’s one sequence with Regina King that reminded me of Hitchcock’s Vertigo with how it was shot, using camera angles and color to add profundity.

What I didn’t like:

  • This movie is SLOW. 2 minutes of screen time feel like almost 10. It took me a few days of small increment watching in order to finish it.

Overall: A beautiful, albeit slow-moving, movie to soak in, with great acting, heartfelt writing and focused direction. Watch it on Hulu.

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production and has been published both online and in print for Los Angeles City College’s award-winning Collegian newspaper. He’s on Twitter and Instagram, and is also currently writing his first short novel.

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