Starring: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo
Director: Barry Jenkins
Runtime: 1 hour, 59 minutes
Crime | Drama | Romance | Novel | 2018
Believe me when I say, I was completely shocked when I found out that this movie doesn't take place in New Orleans. It actually takes place in NYC, Harlem to be exact and tells the story of a young couple going through hard times. Tish (Kiki Layne) is pregnant with Fonny's (Stephan James) baby. Fonny is currently in jail for a crime he didn't commit (because he is black), Fonny's family refuses to accept that the baby is his (they are prepping bitches), and Tish and her mother (Regina King) try their hardest to clear Fonny's name.
Now, the story itself is good, based on the novel by James Bladwin, but I didn't like the film all that much. I think it could have had a little more to it... although I'm not filmmaker so I have no idea what or if I'm even right. I think it may be the acting. Other than Regina King (who is nominated for best supporting actress) I'm not wowed by anything else in the film. I just didn't feel the connection between the leading couple, and the back and forth in past/present didn't really help that.
I did however enjoy the scene with Dave Franco in the loft apartment, that was fun to watch.
I'm going to give this one just an "okay" rating. It wasn't anything special to me, however I do think Regina King has a chance at that Supporting Actress nomination. (2.5/5).
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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