So many people focused on the gay moments in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight that I felt like some glossed over the more predominant thesis about the effects on children and families when black men are incarcerated. There’s less ambiguity in Jenkins’ heterosexually charged If Beale Street Could Talk, a stunningly lovely film featuring stellar performances from newcomer Kiki Layne and Oscar favorite Regina Hall. Set in the early seventies, the film addresses issues of racism, the prison system, revenge, and the role of Christian faith, but refuses to provide any simple answers. The costumes are particularly good, too.
If Beale Street could talk is currently playing at Showcase Cinemas Warwick and Avon Cinema.