review: moonlight (2016)

SYNOPSIS (IMDB): A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 9.2/10

ACTING: 9.5/10
CINEMATOGRAPHY: 8.5/10 **
NARRATIVE/SCREENPLAY: 9.8/10 *
SCORE: 9.4/10

REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE: This is an intense story, shown in a subtle manner – which actually intensifies the whole thing even more.

* The structure of this film was great. Divided into 3 distinct chapters of Chiron’s life – it was a nice back and forth from living with the story in real time, to a several year jump where we then had to focus to fill in the years missed. One critique I’d have to say in terms of the story is that I was missing Juan, the sort of father figure to Chiron, in the last chapter. I wish that part of the story could have kept building to the end.

** Overall very nice cinematography, but I did have one little irk here. The anamorphic lens was nice, but there were SO MANY LENS FLARES that kept distracting me. Just a little personal tick for me I guess.

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