Director: Barry Jenkins
By Zachary Sheridan
Barry Jenkins’ film, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, tackles just about everything.
Moonlight examines family, drugs, role models, sexuality, environment, masculinity, and identity (just to name a few) within its three-part framework that traces the journey of young African-American, Chiron.
Chiron is a confused, heartbroken, poor young boy, growing up in Miami but almost lost to the world.
Often framed from Chiron’s point-of-view, the film is intimate and filled with faces, allowing the viewer to fall smoothly into a sphere quite unlike the lives of most filmgoers.
The dialogue is seamless, simple and thought-evoking (hooray for no exposition), the soundtrack (ranging from orchestral strings to heavy beats) juxtaposes the narrative pointedly, and the acting is pretty remarkable – a lot is said without saying much.
Moonlight is one of those films that will have you looking at life pretty differently, even if just for a little while.