Moonlight (2016)

By Livia Peterson

“Moonlight” is an astonishing masterpiece. Barry Jenkins’ formidable storytelling steadily flourishes and electrifies the audience to the core.
 
Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight” is chronicled in three sections: “Little”, “Chiron”, and “Black”. The young black man Chiron “Little” (Alex Hibbert) is shy and bullied and accordingly, Teresa (Janelle Monae) and Juan (Mahershala Ali) feed and shelter the boy. The mother Paula (Naomi Harris) is addicted to various drugs. Terrel (Patrick Decile) harass the teenager Chiron (Ashton Sanders); however, Chiron slaps Terrel and the police arrest him. The adult Chiron “Black” (Trevante Rhodes) is a drug dealer, visits his frail mama in a rehabilitation center, and reconciles with Kevin (Andre Holland). The pulsating heart follows the individual segments.
 
Hibbert, Ali, Sanders, and Rhodes deserve the Best Supporting Actor campaign. Likewise, Harris and Monae deserve the Best Supporting Actress campaign. The astonishing performances will leave you in awe from start to finish.
 
“Moonlight” is the conventional coming of age tale on the surface. Nonetheless, the film is a stunning depiction and metaphor of adolescence to adulthood following delving into your existence. It is able to connect nearly everyone, regardless of the age, gender, ethnicity, and social class. The subtle resonance mostly impacts you following the screening. You may ponder the film during several days. Revelatory and raw, “Moonlight” is a breath of fresh air. A
 
For Your Consideration: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a  Supporting Role (Naomi Harris and Janelle Monae), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alex Hibbert, Mahershala Ali, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score

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