Moonlight Movie Review
Rating :- 4/5 Reviewed by: Nihit Bhave Site: TimesOfIndia
If you’ve kept tabs on the Oscars this year, you’ve heard about this underdog that’s gearing up to duel with the musical Goliath, La La Land next week. Moonlight is essential viewing in a time and age where empathy towards minorities is fast deteriorating; where people are quick to judge anyone who isn’t exactly like them. All three actors portraying Chiron strike a chord and are flawlessly in tune with each other. Owing to its authentic indie roots, it might feel a bit slow and moody at times; there aren’t any shocking revelations around the corner. But stick with Moonlight for some perspective. You’ll absorb something good and emerge more reflective about things you’ve never thought of before.
Rating :- 4/5 Reviewed by: Rohan Naahar Site: HindustanTimes
There are scenes in Moonlight – fleeting memories, ephemeral moments of truth – that will make you physically uncomfortable. The Miami of the film is a tragic place, where an unending cycle of vice and loneliness consumes the characters that drift in and out of it. It is a lived-in world, where DP James Laxton’s camera, like the characters, twitches when it is uneasy for a fix, and glides when it is high. It is how director Barry Jenkins treats these lowlifes, the compassion that he feels for them, as if they were his best friends, that makes the film as quietly powerful as it is. It is tone poem, as surreal and hazy and magical and confusing and terrible and wonderful as every childhood. Even though it is as far removed from yours as is possible.
Rating :- 5/5 Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw Site: TheGuardian
The combination of artistry and emotional directness in this film is overwhelming. Barry Jenkins writes and directs, having adapted Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unproduced play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Love, sex, survival, mothers and father figures are its themes, the last one foregrounded by the poignant absence of the fathers themselves. There is an array of visually ravishing dream sequences, epiphanic surges, hallucinatory closeups, lush swathes of music. Moonlight is moving and mysterious: a dance to the music of time, in its way. But it also shows that the three stages can be considered in parallel, as well as in sequence: Little/Chiron/Black is a palimpsest of identities. Moonlight finds a way to convert it into happiness.
Rating :-5/5 Reviewed by: Donald Clarke Site: IrishTimes
Barry Jenkins’s transcendent second feature is about the challenges boys encounter as they become men. Cinema has been in and around this area time and time again, but Moonlight still feels abundantly fresh and endlessly imaginative. No traces of the film’s origins in an unperformed play remain. Moonlight is to be commended for approaching all “social issues” at an oblique angle with its windows open only a crack. A final moment of quiet connection – scored to beautifully judged doo-wop – confirms that even rough lives can have moments of transcendence. A near-perfect film.
Rating :- 5/5 Reviewed by: Geoffrey Macnab Site: Independent
You won’t find a more sensitively rendered, evocative, or surprising coming-of-age film than Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight, now nominated for eight Oscars. Moonlight has a self-consciously dreamy feel. We see events from Chrion’s perspective as he tries to make sense of the adult world around him. Jenkins, who adapted the film from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drama In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, doesn’t skimp on the brutality. There is no special pleading on their behalf but Jenkins is able to show us their complexities and contradictions. It was also an achievement to find three actors of different ages who all manage to play Chiron with the same sensitivity and intensity.
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