I'm really struggling with this one.
My biggest issue is that I do not buy the relationship between Tish and Fonny. For whatever reason - maybe the pacing - I do not buy that they have a passionate, rich relationship. I buy that they are two childhood friends who are attracted to each other, had a sexual relationship, and *think* they are in love.
I'm still confused how to digest the beginning scene when Tish tells her and Fonny's families about her pregnancy. It's established that Fonny's uptight, traditional mother and sisters are the antagonists to Tish's loving family. Tish's family is jubilant. Fonny's mother and sisters are not. When Fonny's mother starts to spar awful words about Tish for being pregnant, her husband bitchslaps her. Y'know what, his mother was the only semi-realistic person in the room. She was bringing up reasonable points and fears about her 22 y/o son (who is in prison) having a child with a 19 y/o young woman. Was I supposed to cheer at that moment? It was the strongest scene, dialogue-wise, and the momentum slowed down after that, but something about this really rubs me the wrong way.
I'll need to sit with this with for a while. The poetic nature of the film could have benefitted more from Tish's narration - those strong moments gave a better insight into her character, and a sense of trajectory in an otherwise stagnant position.