If Beale Street Could Talk ★★★★

The film is incredibly beautiful, there is no denying that. The cinematography, direction and music create such a whimsical but dark atmosphere that it is impossible to not get wrapped up into. The acting here is great too, the highlights being the two leads, Kiki Layne and Stephan James. Regina King is great too, but not in the film that much. The only drawback is that, and this might be my own opinion, the film doesn't get as emotionally invested as it should. It is hard to explain, but it is as if atmosphere was put on a higher pedestal than the character's interactions and emotions. This complaint is so nuanced that it hardly isn't a complaint, but I wasn't as emotionally invested as I thought I would be from the guy who made Moonlight. Still a great drama though, and one that is very nuanced in the exploration of its complex themes.