MOVIE REVIEW: If Beale Street Could Talk

Posted February 6, 2019 10:29 pm by The Record

MOVIE REVIEW: If Beale Street Could Talk

KiKi Layne and Colman Domingo star in a scene from the movie “If Beale Street Could Talk”. Photo: Annapurna/CNS.

By Kurt Jensen
If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna) is a faithful, evocative and reverent adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel about a struggling young African-American couple, with many of the attendant weaknesses such careful film realisations can bring with them.
For starters, much of the dialogue, scripted by director Barry Jenkins, is more recited than spoken – close to realistic, but falling into some foggy region usually occupied by historical epics and clunky performances of Shakespeare.
Jenkins likewise conveys the inner anguish of the

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