What You Need To Know - June 13, 2019

If Beale Street Could Talk - What You Need To Know
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If Beale Street Could Talk - What You Need To Know

Barry Jenkins wowed just about everyone with his last movie, 2016’s Moonlight. It grossed over $65 million on a budget of under $4 million, scored universal acclaim and smashed award season, taking home the Oscar for Best Picture.

Now though, he has a follow-up, a tender drama named If Beale Street Could Talk. As the film arrives on DVD shelves, we preview this heartbreaking and very special new drama...

 

Who’s in it?

Kiki Layne, Ed Skrein, Stephan James, Pedro Pascal, Bryan Tyrie Henry, Teyonah Parris, Finn Whitrock, Regina King and Colman Domingo all play key roles in this movie.

 

And who’s behind the camera?

Jenkins directs and has adapted James Baldwin's novel for the screenplay.

 

What’s the plot?

We find ourselves in New York in the early 1970s, following a 19-year-old girl named Tish, whose real name is Clementine, and a 22-year-old sculptor named Fonny, whose real name is Alonzo. Childhood friends, we watch as their relationship develops from platonic to romantic and their plans to build a life together.

They become engaged, and she subsequently becomes pregnant. Sadly, Fonny is then imprisoned for a crime he denies, leaving Tish in a race against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child...

 

Does it deliver?

Though a heartbreaking watch, this is a beautifully realised drama. Jenkins’ direction is clean and elegant and the book is skillfully adapted. A must-watch.

 

If Beale Street Could Talk is released into hmv stores on Monday (June 17th)

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