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Just as the novel version of If Beale Street Could Talk moves between love story and protest novel, a balance Baldwin strikes throughout many of his works, Jenkins' adaptation uses flashbacks to oscillate between two worlds.
The experience of this film is beyond mixed, practically schizophrenic - long stretches of portentous, syrupy emptiness, followed by scenes that rank with Jenkins' best work in "Moonlight" and "Medicine for Melancholy."
If Beale Street Could Talk portrays Tish and Fonny's fleeting happiness but also doesn't sugarcoat the impediments to it created by a system that treats young blacks as less than. Its director... he's by no means a one-hit wonder.
[Barry Jenkins] wants to move us on an intuitive level that reaches beyond conventional storytelling. It's an admirable ambition, but what he offers in its place is often so lush and sentimentalized that it wafts off the screen.
Barry Jenkins creates one of the year's 10 best films by celebrating black love and a human connection that can raise you up and move you to tears. Regina King's performance should finally get her the Oscar she's deserved for years.
When two lovers look at each other in this movie, the tenderness in their eyes softens everything, creating a radiance that folds around them like a blanket, blunting the world. You feel the warmth, the softness, too.
You've never seen romantic love depicted on screen with such lyrical and gorgeous intensity, or systemic injustice brought to such vivid and enraging life. Film classes will be taught about Jenkins' use of color.
In cutting against the aesthetic grain, Jenkins gently and wisely corrects our vision. The passionate glow of this filmmaker's embrace belongs, quite rightly, to his characters. He is generous enough to also extend that embrace to us.