My Review of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

There were a lot of good movies that obtained deserved recognition last year for telling powerful stories. If Beale Street Could Talk was one of those films.

Adapted from the novel, If Beale Street Could Talk, written by the legendary James Baldwin, this movie tells the beautiful yet tragic love story of a young, pregnant black woman trying to prove that her unofficial-but-totally-official husband didn’t commit a heinous crime.

Written and directed like a musical from the 50s’ and 60s’, this film takes you on an emotional journey that details the growing romance between main characters Tish and Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt and how a simple misunderstanding would completely change their lives.

I cried four times watching this movie. Twice because sometimes the happiness I was feeling made tears involuntarily seep from my eyes and twice because the movie just made me upset.

If Beale Street Could Talk is not Black Panther. It hones the idea that black is beautiful from beginning to end but, unfortunately, like many powerful films depicting African-American stories, it’s depressing. I came away from this movie more upset than happy…which I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but it did clearly convey the message of how we, as black people, are treated in America in a very harsh and blunt way.

Despite the fact that this movie made me SUPER sad it was ridiculously beautiful though.


It was only nominated for three Oscars–Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Score, and Best Adapted Screenplay–and it clearly deserved more recognition. I’m glad Regina King won an Oscar for her role in the film but honestly, she wasn’t even the best thing about the film. This movie should’ve also been nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Stephen James and Kiki Layne should’ve been recognized for Best Actor and Best Actress because their performances instantly sucked me in and I could not look away, and it should’ve also been nominated for Best Picture.

Just knowing that Green Book, which clearly wasn’t as good as If Beale Street Could Talk or BlacKkKlansman, ended up winning Best Picture is truly maddening. I’m not saying If Beale Street Could Talk should’ve won Best Picture (BlacKkKlansman should’ve) but it was too good not to be recognized to the highest degree.

I mean The FavouriteVice? Those movies got nominated but If Beale Street Could Talk didn’t. Really Academy?

Oh gosh, I’m ranting. That’s a clear sign that I definitely liked the film. So I will conclude this review with this last little bit.

If Beale Street Could Talk isn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen but it is pretty darn good and I will definitely remember it for years to come. I’m giving this movie 97 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. Like I said it isn’t perfect but it’s very, very good.

This is a definite must-watch.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a special day.

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