I would now call Barry Jenkins one of the most influential directors of our time. Beale Street - Jenkin's follow-up to Moonlight - is at it's heart a beautiful story about love and connection shared between two human beings. The mood and texture of this slowly paced romance is intoxicating from the start. My soul was entirely accepting of the punishment waiting around the corner of these dirty Harlem streets. Despite the despair of Tish and Alonzo's situation, Jenkins control of color and contrast presents a 1970's New York so beautifully. This is not a work inspired by anger or hatred but of admiration for a time despite the utterly unacceptable injustice of Alonzo's time in captivity.
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