Moonlight (2016)

Director Barry Jenkins presents a stifling tale of courage and despair in this simple film. The movie chronicles the life of a boy names Chiron in 3 stages, and the characters that torment him and keep him sane.

Performances are outstanding, especially for the young Alex Hibbert and teenage Ashton Sanders who play the suppressed child and teen with multiple issues so well. The adult Trevante Rhodes continues the streak, hiding his demons behind physical strength.

Chiron’s mother, Naomie Harris creates a lasting impact in many scenes, whilst Mahershala Ali strikes a balance between a kind stranger and a close well wisher.

The pace of the film is slow, building gradually using difficult circumstances and situations. It culminates appropriately leaving the viewer heavy at the lives they have witnessed.

A small film with a big heart.



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