Barry Jenkins, writer-director of “Moonlight,” spent the capital that Oscar winner game him on doing something folks in Hollywood just don’t do.
He tackled a James Baldwin novel, bringing one of the great American Writers to the big screen. The much-honored documentary about Baldwin last year has pushed him back into the limelight, and this late career novel should make for a timely and timeless film about the African American experience in modern America.
This trailer is all about tone, romance in the face of hopelessness and the comforting mothering of Regina Hall, captured in full, expressive close-up.
“If Beale Street Could Talk” looks like a contender, and opens Nov. 30.