Friday, February 22, 2019

Great Grautity of 2018 #10

Although Barry Jenkins' camera doesn't exactly shy away from Kiki Layne's body in this vital flashback sex-scene set around the middle point of If Beale Street Could Talk it's much more interested in taking in Stephan James as he disrobes across the room and walks towards us, waiting, watching. And this moment, with its gorgeous warm browns and Nicholas Britell's music swooning, is a rapture, as are most of the scenes involving James & Layne. The second their eyes lock and the horns start up it all makes the sweetest of sense -- all the shit the world wants to fling their way can never corrupt these dreams, these raptures, always theirs no matter what digressions and devastations happen next.

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