Rating: 15s / Genre: Drama, Romance / Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephen James, Regina King / Directed By: Barry Jenkins / Written By: Barry Jenkins / Released: January 11th, 2019 / Runtime: 117 minutes / Studio: Annappurna Pictures
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
I feel like this film is extremely underrated. Nobody seems to be talking about it. It only received one Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and that’s it which I find a little disappointing to be honest. I felt it deserved a place in the Best Picture category more than some that are on that list. Oh well…
For what it’s worth, the screenplay is very deserving of its nomination. The story is very simple yet dramatic enough to have a lasting impact. The dialogue is sharp in many cases. The characters are well constructed and, in turn, brought to life by a fantastic cast. Everyone in the film stood out in certain scenes and made this film a special one to watch.
The music is very understated but adds a lot to the happenings. I came away from the film feeling very bummed out but also refreshed.
This film will bring a smile to your face, not because it’s in any way uplifting, but because of how well it was put together. I feel disappointed that it seems to be so underrated.