Flash Movie Review: Moonlight

AN act of kindness delivers a bigger impact during the time when the recipient is being hunted down as prey. Few of you may understand but for everyone else the victim is always aware of their surroundings. A soft sound from behind, an eye peeking out from a doorway; like a skittish deer in the woods the victim has to be ready to flee. For the one person who performs that act of kindness, which ranges from standing up to the aggressors to providing a safe haven; they are indelibly etched into the heart of the victim. One thing acts of kindness and violence both have in common is they each can have a profound effect.   THE effect could span through many stages of a person’s life not to dissimilar in the way Claude Monet painted his series of haystacks. His approach was to show how the perception of light could alter the look of his landscape. Essentially the hay was the same; it just looked different depending on the location of the light source. Regarding the prey one may not see on the outside the change that takes effect from a good deed. Trust me the kindness is like a seed planted deep inside the victim where it cannot be harmed from any blows or kicks. You may ask what does the seed do for the prey; it provides the bloom of hope and there is nothing stronger than feeling that sense of hope growing inside. These thoughts flooded me during the time I spent with this dramatic movie. I felt I was walking through an art museum watching the different stages of the main character’s life.   GROWING up in a rough environment it is the acts of kindness that last the longest. This film festival winning movie was a moving experience. Starring Mahershala Ali (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, House of Cards-TV) as Juan, Naomie Harris (Spectre, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) as Paula, Ashton Sanders (Straight Outta Compton, The Retrieval) as Chiron and musical artist Janelle Monae as Teresa; the acting was amazing. There is a good chance this picture will get an Oscar nod. Set in Miami the story was broken down into 3 distinct segments of Chiron’s life. What I enjoyed the most was the way the script did not manipulate the viewer. Instead the story smoothly unfolded or better yet, presented itself in a totally believable way. If you were to strip away the labels associated to each character you would be left with basic human emotions and a sense of self-discovery. The filming and the wonderful soundtrack seamlessly blended into forming complete picture frames and I actually mean picture frames. I truly felt like I was at an art gallery/museum, walking through and admiring works of art. It was brilliant to have 3 actors play the character of Chiron as a child, teen and adult. The direction was fresh and beautiful, even during the rough parts of the story. There were times though where the dialog was hard to hear for me. Like an act of kindness, I feel like I received a gift by watching this movie.

 

3 ½ stars  

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 2, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I’m going to see it this weekend, if it’s playing locally.

  2. Thanks so much for this great review – I’ve been waiting for a good movie to see. Will let you know what I think after seeing it!

    • Great, I will look forward to hearing your thoughts on this beautiful film. Thank you.

      • Okay – I went to see this with my cousin. The movie’s title deceived me a little. I thought of moonlight as a little more gentle lol! It was too brutal for my cousin and she wanted to leave.
        I stuck it out. There were many excellent parts, but I thought some of the camera work was a little too “dizzying.”
        It was a very honest movie, but the end left me hanging. It wasn’t a favorite, but I’m still glad I saw it!

      • Thank you so much for telling me and I am sad your cousin had a hard time. The title refers to the book the movie was based on. I also understand what you mean by the ending, but that is all I will say because neither of us want to spoil it for anyone who has not seen it yet.

  3. Couldn’t agree more with you assessment. I like how frame this around acts of kindness. I thought of the Graham Greene quote (refrencing the cruelty of the world) while watching this, “They’re always saying God loves us. If that’s love, I’d rather have a bit of kindness.” It’s the kindness of other humans that gets us through the toughest times.

    https://theschleicherspin.com/2016/11/05/who-did-you-expect-in-moonlight/

  4. I agree with David. I like how you framed the movie around acts of kindness. Overall, I liked how authentic the movie felt, but was wondering what should I take from this movie besides the obvious. Thanks for the perspective.

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