I’ve revisited select Academy Award Best Picture nominees – “Manchester by the Sea”, “Moonlight”, “Lion”, and “Hidden Figures” in the cinema during the past few weeks. With that said, I will briefly reflect upon the second viewings, compared to the initial viewings.
“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan and Company still depicts life as it is without the sugarcoating. I still love it. Initial and Up to Date Grade: A.
“Moonlight” – Difficult to love if you cannot resonate with the relevant narrative. Flawless, regardless. I admire than love Barry Jenkins’ latest film. To love would require a boatload of resonance. Initial Grade: A. Current Grade: B+.
“Lion” – Initially difficult to immerse myself into the rather mediocre “find your way home” narrative. I realized I wonder where my biological parents are in Vietnam if they’re still around during the second viewing. I eventually resonated with the essential narrative. Initial Grade: B-. Current Grade: B.
“Hidden Figures” – I am still cheering, regarding the fact that the diversity and the inclusion belong to one film and produced the substantial profit – box office gains. The women and the women of color are able to tap the audiences and sell out cinema seats. YES! Initial Grade: B+. Current Grade: A-
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