Updated: Jul 5, 2018
“At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you're going to be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you.” — Juan, Moonlight
To say this movie is long overdue is an understatement.
To say this movie is anything less than brilliant is an offense.
To say this movie is not important for people to see only works against efforts to further society.
Moonlight over the course of three stages of life - child(Alex Hibbert), teen(Ashton Sanders) and adult(Trevante Rhodes) - follows the life of Chiron. Chiron is a shy and small child who is bullied at school and neglected by his drug addict mother, Paula(Naomie Harris). Juan(Mahershala Ali), the neighborhood drug dealer, sees that the boy needs help, so he takes him in and offers him a place to come, away from his abusive mother and classmates. As Chiron struggles to navigate the world, he also must struggle to figure out who he is.
Moonlight calls for strong personal introspection and a close look at how we deal with those different from us within our parts of society.
To be quite honest, I don’t know what to say about the movie itself.
It is something cannot be adequately described or explained. You must watch it and judge it for yourself and see what you take from it.
I mean technically, the soundtrack was great. Especially the remixed and slowed down version Jidenna's “Classic Man.” The movie played with such a variety of music that it created a dreamy feel to it in between the harsh bits of reality. The use of classic instrumentals was an interesting choice, which made the film feel oddly refreshing. So often when a movie is about contemporary black-Americans, each song is hip-pop, rap, or R&B. This movie had music of those genres, but they also had so much more than what was to be expected.
The cinematography was also really well done, along with the lighting and coloring of certain scenes. One of the scenes that standout the most is when Paula, the mother, is just stares at young Chiron then yells "don't look at me," and he just stands there with these forlorn eyes, in this dark purple lighting. There’s something about it that just makes you stop breathing for a second.
Which brings me to Alex Hibbert as young Chiron. That dark-skinned child had such an undeniable innocence to him. When they lay the foundation of his future out as a child, they lay a foundation of a deep connection between Chiron, as a whole character, and the audience with starting off with the child. It creates a bond that I don’t think they would’ve achieved if the story was told through flashback rather than in chronological order.
And, Naomie Harris killed it as Paula. She had me ready to jump through that screen. But, the last scene she is in at the Rehab facility is so touching it's almost hard to watch.
The whole movie is so beautiful and raw-- it's almost hard to watch.
The only thing bad thing about this movie, is that leaves you emotionally drained. You don’t know what to feel. You don’t know what to say.
I still don’t.
I want to see it again, yet I don't want to. Maybe in a couple of months or so.
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
Just see it.