★★★★ – “Three Distinct Time Periods. Three Fine Actors. One Remarkable Film.”
Moonlight is written & directed by Barry Jenkins and stars Mahershala Ali, Alex R. Hibbert, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes and André Holland.
A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.
Short and sweet; Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight has sunk low under the radar for many, but the sheer quality in the writing and acting will be treasured inside the hearts and minds of those who were lucky enough to experience this touching story.
Of all the incredible people that worked on this film, I knew only two; Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. Now, I’ve been introduced to a whole new set of fine actors, writers, filmmakers, who are all responsible for creating one of the most pleasant cinema outings in recent years. The most valued trait in Moonlight is how remarkably real it feels. The screenplay never once exaggerates on its simple storytelling, nor does it force its views on the audience. You make your own decisions, feel how you want to feel, just as the lead character does on-screen.
Ali and Harris are remarkable in their respective roles and absolutely vital to the choices that Chiron (played by three great actors; Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders & Trevante Rhodes, in three distinct time periods) will make, leading him down his path into young adult life. André Holland provides wonderful support in the final act beside Rhodes, culminating with a well-rounded story of self-discovery.
Original music by Nicholas Britell is clean, subtle and ambient. Only lending to the picture when necessary, never interrupting the performances on-screen or feeling forced. It’s a perfect fit, an exquisite pairing of image and score.
Winning the Academy Award for Best Picture is a phenomenal feat and the team behind Moonlight should feel very proud. I know I am.
Verdict; There’s so much to say about Moonlight, but only Moonlight will tell its story the right way. See this film.
Moonlight – ★★★★ (8/10)