If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk - The GBY

We saw If Beale Street Could Talk at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  This movie is highly anticipated being Barry Jenkins’ follow up film to Academy Award for Best Picture Moonlight.  It is a charming love story with stand out acting.  The story focuses on Tish Rivers (played by the adorable first timer Kiki Layne) and Fonny Hunt (Stephan James) a young couple in Harlem.  As childhood friends they fall in love.  Unfortunately, their families are not as excited about their relationship.  Their lives take some unexpected turns, but Tish’s family (Regina King, Colman Domingo and Teyonah Parris) and Fonny’s father (Michael Beach) remain completely supportive.  The events that befall our couple are tragic but faith and love win out in the end.  Congratulations to Regina King for being honored at the 2019 Golden Globes with the award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.

Quite a bit of the cast was at the Q & A after the film.  Mr. Jenkins stated that he wrote the screenplay in 2013 immediately after writing the Moonlight screenplay, taking a chance since he didn’t have the rights to either book.  After the success of Moonlight, the Baldwin family sold the rights to If Beale Street Could Talk.

Our Rating for If Beale Street Could Talk:

3.5 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk:

Official Synopsis for If Beale Street Could Talk:

Baldwin’s novel follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It’s a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives

If Beale Street Could Talk TIFF Q & A


Cast Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Michael Beach
Director Barry Jenkins
Screenwriter Barry Jenkins, based on the book by James Baldwin
Cinematographer James Laxton
Editor Joi McMillon (The Glass Castle), Nat Sanders (The Glass Castle)
 Production Companies Plan B Entertainment (Brad Pitt, Beautiful Boy, Vice), Pastel Productions (Barry Jenkins)
Run Time 119 minutes
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance
Premier Toronto International Film Festival 2018

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