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I’ll be honest, there was a lot of hype about this film before it came out and I wasn’t so sure it would live up to it. However, after watching it, I was pleasantly surprised; “Moonlight” is amazing. This is a film about adversity, life in the hood, sexuality and self-worth. Moonlight is an adapted screen play originally written by Miami playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney.

First off, the cinematography is great. Lots of wide angles that slowly creep in, along with many low angles and beautiful continuous shots. All around this is a visually stunning art piece and I can tell that this director, Barry Jenkins really cares about the Mise-en-scène.

Regardless of how painterly each scene looks, the cast performances pulled this project together beautifully. Mahershala Ali, recently known for playing Cottonmouth in Luke Cage, and Remy from House of Cards, brings a heart felt performance and gains an Oscar nomination for the role. Janelle Monáe, singer, song writer, and actress also brought her own sweet touch to the film. These were the only actors I was familiar with, but every actor on screen performed equally well.

There are some classic hood scenes in the film, but never have I seen them with classical music played over the top.

The storyline played out in an interesting way. Broken into 3 parts; childhood, then teenager, then adulthood. Each revealing some key moment in the protagonist’s lifetime. I liked that the audience could grow with the main character by witnessing certain life changing events. It left me wanting to fill in the gaps, which I though was great because I was still interested after it was over.

I applaud the director for fighting to make ‘Moonlight’ and bring new subject matter and content to the forefront of hollywood.

One thing that definitely kept me locked into the film was the sound editing. The sound track and atmospheric effects were amazing. There are some classic hood scenes in the film, but never have I seen them with classical music played over the top. There were moments I felt sad, happy, mad and even a bit awkward. Homosexuality in the black community is rarely if ever a focal topic of mainstream film. I applaud the director for fighting to make ‘Moonlight’ and bring new subject matter and content to the forefront of hollywood.  If I had any hard criticism it would be with the final act. Im not sure the conclusion satisfied me. It was slow, soft and quietly awkward, yet innocent. I wanted more, but like I said earlier it still left me interested after it ended.

My favorite quote from the film;

“At some point you have to decide for yourself who you are. Can’t let no one else do that for you.”

Later I found out that  Moonlight has eight Oscar Nominations, I think it deserves at least a few of those trophies. If you have seen ‘Moonlight’ then continue into the spoilers.

How did you feel about the film overall? Do you love it the way it is or did you leave wanting more? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and subscribe.

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Moonlight is a coming of age drama that lived up to the hype. I suggest any one see it at least once. Not very dialogue heavy but the cinematography is brilliant. Director and cast deliver a brilliant performance.

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