Thursday, February 23, 2017
Moonlight is a lovely little indie film.
It follows the young life of Little or Chiron, played by three different actors as the character ages. It's a coming of age story, with a few twists...or are they...is his life predestined or his choice.
The movie is divided into three sections, following each area of Chiron's life.
Firstly as a young boy, constantly picked on by others at school, a druggie mother, the poor kid doesn't seem like he has a chance until he chances upon Juan, a smooth but kind drug dealer.
Juan takes the boy under his wing, looks after him and lets him stay at his place with his girlfriend Teresa.
And with that you can see hope in young Chiron's eye.
The second section, is a high school Chiron. Still getting beat up, still not quite making it in life. He is also exploring his sexuality. Much happens in this section, and I won't spoil things, but this is so beautifully written and acted.
The final section, Chiron is grown up and making his way in the world.
There is a lot of sadness and upset in Moonlight, but incredible hope also.
A lot of people are calling this the film of the year and one they cannot stop thinking about. I wouldn't go that far, but it was impressive.
The actors were great, the soundtrack perfect, and the cinematography a mix of gritty and luminous.