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Movie Review – ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

by | Jan 29, 2019 | Movie Reviews | 0 comments

With all of the praise that ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ has been receiving, I have to wonder if maybe my expectations were just too high?
These things happen from time to time.  We sometimes find ourselves hearing so much buzz about a film that our expectations can never be satisfied.
And sometimes, things just aren’t as good as they’re made out to be.
Which is happening here? I don’t know.
But none of this means that ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ is a bad film, because it’s not.
I just don’t feel that it was a particularly great film.

We follow the story of Tish and ‘Fonny’, a young Harlem couple in the 1970s, who are trying to navigate their way through Tish’s unplanned pregnancy, in the stormy waters of Fonny’s holy roller mother, and the whirlwind of other clashing family members.
While so much of that is challenging enough for a young couple, it would soon seem trivial once Fonny is wrongfully jailed for a brutal rape that he didn’t commit.

This is where the real love story of Tish and Fonny kicks into high gear.  We’re confronted with the question – “What would you do if the already difficult situation of standing on the precipice of parenthood as a low income couple, became exponentially worse when one of you were locked away behind bars?”.
For Tish, the answer is simple…stand by your man.

There are some solid performances here to go along with a well crafted atmosphere, coupled with some unexpected dialogue.
Yet I can’t help but feel that through all of those things, there wasn’t anything…exceptional.

Regina King plays Tish’s mother ‘Sharon’; a woman who seems more passionate about freeing Fonny than Fonny’s own mother does.
While her performance has garnered her an Academy nod for ‘Best Supporting Actress’, I can’t help but ask….why?
I just don’t feel there was anything particularly outstanding about this portrayal in comparison to others that I’ve seen this year.

When I checked Rotten Tomatoes, I see that ‘..Beale Street’ has a 95% critic average, and a 69% audience average.
I have to go with the audience here as the more accurate assessment of what we actually experience on screen.
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ is a good film, but it’s certainly not a great film.  It’s not a 95% film.

I wanted to like it more than I did, but that just wasn’t in the cards.
So if Beale Street could talk, I think it would tell us not to believe the hype.

Anudder Joe

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Go Ahead, Call Me Fredo One More Time!

Go Ahead, Call Me Fredo One More Time!

All day I'm seeing people saying that 'Fredo' isn't the 'N Word' for Italians. I disagree. Sure, to the rest of society, and in the big picture...no, it's not the N Word. But to Italians? I said it before...

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