This is a love story at its finest.
Pure magic; dripping with intimacy; an absolute dream. Feels like a three-hour epic with how much meaning is packed into each scene. Every shot is carefully designed — every frame is stunning. The score will make your soul bloom. You can tell from the first few seconds that Beale Street is special.
There are levels to this, and Barry Jenkins is on his own plane; the finesse he displays is baffling, elevating this complicated narrative to a higher echelon. Hands down, the most talented working director today.
Wong Kar-wai fans: you will salivate.