If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

By Barry Jenkins

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2018-12-14
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 59min
  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Production Company: Annapurna Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
From 276 Ratings


Based on the novel by James Baldwin, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.




  • WOW.

    By Simpson fanatic
    Barry Jenkins does it again, and gives us a beautiful heart warming movie I won’t say much but please go check it out it’s worth every second and minute of it!
  • A rich, deep drama about overcoming.

    By Adenosine Tripposphate
    Inevitably, the comparisons to director Barry Jenkins’ previous work, Moonlight, are inescapable. With If Beale Street Could Talk, Jenkins examinations on masculinity, normalization of bigotry, and the endemic apathy within the system that allowed for routine injustice to occur, are all present. In his latest film, the social-political aspects of struggle, resolution and overcoming, are all active agencies within the story. If Beale Street Could Talk is a slowburn. It is a drama in the old-sense of a drama. Still, the cinematography, while more muted in comparison to the director’s previous film, is still incredibly lush, cinematically opting instead for a more intimate, warm, noir feel. And it is an intimate film. In If Beale Street Could Talk, we follow the story of “Tish” and “Fonny” (their nicknames), as their blossoming romance is seemingly halted, as the latter is taken to jail to await a trail for a crime he did not commit. To make matters more complicated, news of the couples unexpected pregnancy stirs up a heated rivalry between their families. Their inexperience and helplessness in the face of a system that has been pitted against them, serves as an examination and exploration of the themes of hate, masculinity, femininity and religion. Partly, If Beale Street Could Talk is the continuation and exploration of the common themes from the director’s previous film. In Moonlight, Jenkins highlighted the often toxic aspects of the masculine ideal as a norm within our culture, and how endemic those traits become at various structures of every day life. In If Beale Street Could Talk, those common expectations are instead subverted; It is not a film where male characters are presented as positive because of their tight-rope walk of aggression and stoicism in the face of injustice. No, instead, it is a film in which male characters are depicted as vulnerable, emotional, and at times desperate. However, the core conceit, and certainly what sets If Beale Street Could Talk apart from the traditional narrative, is that these traits are not depicted as emasculating, “unmanly” or negative. Make no mistake, this is not an indictment on masculinity or manhood; the characters in this film are strong (both emotionally and physically). It is clear however, that Barry Jenkins seeks to refine the parts of the masculine identity that are problematic; opting instead to showcase a range of masculinity that is not confined to a rigid set of harmful ideals, nor marginalizes groups men that don’t adhere to those standards. Male vulnerability, in If Beale Street Could Talk, is not depicted as robbing one of one’s agency. Rather, it is depicted as a wide and complex spectrum of human emotion. Male characters are depicted as emotionally available, empathic to their female counterparts, showcasing a deference to superior agents, and co-operative. The ability to reason and overcome being stronger traits than merely being physically dominant and reliant on emotionality. Moonlight is by far one of the greatest films ever made. It is intense, relatable and speaks to problems that many of whom have struggled. I’m absolutely happy and thankful that Barry Jenkins had much more to say about the issues of everyday life of people like me. He understands those struggles, and in If Beale Street Could Talk, seeks to continue that dialogue, and—perhaps, offer a solution.
  • So beautiful

    By Lin Briss
    I truly enjoyed the movie as much as the novel. Thank You
  • Most Boring Movie Ever!!!!

    By Nando9213
    This movie was the most boringest movie i have ever seen, while i sat in my seat wacthing it this movie made me question why do i come to the movies. I was fighting falling asleep during the entire movie.
  • It more than TALKS!

    By 16 HORSES
    No Disrespect to Regina King but before the fact I Feel that if anyone said that Regina King was Oscar Worthy would have been smacked! Hey however She Got Oscar Nominated For a reason!
  • Beautiful love story

    By ToyaP07
    The score was also a great character in the movie .... it set the whole mood and I loved the characters and how they conveyed real love 😍
  • BEST FILM OF 2018

    By _•_•_<><>#%\][
    Barry Jenkins makes richly woven substantial and meaningful films. In his follow up the the OSCAR winning MOONLIGHT; Jenkins illuminates the words of James Baldwin beautifully! If Beale Street... is both wonderful and tragic; heartbreaking and honest. Like MOONLIGHT the films score transcends the cinema to operatic. The performances by the cast are some of the finest seen on celluloid: Annjeune Ellis & Michael Beach are perfect and Regina King gives a career defining performance in what will certainly bring her OSCAR Gold.