Moonlight Review

Moonlight stars Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris, Alex R Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes and Andre Holland.

A child, Chiran, grows up in a house with a drug fueled mother and he is being bullied. When he is hiding, he meets Juan, who takes him and looks after him. Throughout his life he gets bullied and picked on as he questions his life and his sexuality.

I didn’t know too much about Moonlight before I went in. I saw it getting a lot of buzz at The Golden Globes where it won Best Drama and was nominated for 5 other awards and has received 4 BAFTA nominations. As always, I will start with the positives first. This film has a lot of very good performances. I am a big fan of Mahershala Ali and he really impressed me in Luke Cage as Cottenmouth, and he proved he has talent in this film. He only plays a short role in the film but he what he does is strong and he deserved his Golden Globe nomination. The casting of the whole film was superb, all the people who played Chiron throughout the film, were cast well and looked like each other enough so that it was believable.

My only negative of the film was that there wasn’t as much of a narrative as I would have liked more a story so we care more about the characters. What we have is quite a basic story with a small story arc for the character. There are gaps in the timeline where we jump from one age to the next and that’s where I wish we got more of how Chiran changed to the person we saw. We get in dialogue but that is as much as we get, I feel like even a montage would have been effective to see him once he had been pushed over the edge.

Overall, I rate Moonlight 8/10! A very powerful film, which deserves the buzz and nominations it has recieved.

What did you think of Moonlight?

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