A Preview: If Beale Street Could Talk Movie Trailer

by: Tania Lasenburg

I cried.

Not once but twice as I will only allow myself to watch the trailer two times.

Here is the synopsis:

Set in early-1970s Harlem, this timeless and moving love story centers on young African-American childhood friends turned couple Tish and Fonny. The devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Tish finds herself pregnant soon after, both their lives become intensely uncertain. As Tish and her family fight to exonerate Fonny and make a life for their incoming child, it becomes clearer and clearer that the odds are stacked against them – and maybe the best they can do is love each other. – Fandango

I have yet to read the book written by James Baldwin. I have zero shame in saying that. James Baldwin and I are just starting our relationship and it takes time. But to the point, this trailer is powerful. There is almost no other word to describe it.

You feel the love between Tish and Fonny; the struggle and you pray for that happy ending comes to them. You want it for them as if they were you. And it isn’t even a typical first love meets a unexpected turn and they must fight through it. When Tish and Fonny, look at each other, it is love in its most unfiltered and truest form.

You may be thinking, this is a typical romantic movie for African Americans infusing well placed music and poetry, while showing a struggle of being African American (there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Just like you can watch the same superhero save the world, people are entitled to watch the same story or read the same book.)

You’re wrong. Just based of the trailer, you can see it is much more deeper than that. Family, religion, race, trust and love. In this trailer there, is a line that was my undoing,

“Unbow your head, Sister.”

Four words that completely changed something in me. If this is that deep, then I could imagine what the full movie will be.

Without further delay, watch the trailer. Dissect the trailer, watch the emotions in their eyes and body movement and then come back to me and tell me that what you saw was nothing short of love.