The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.
Worthy of All the Accolades
When you think of the words that get tossed around about Moonlight, "moving" and "powerful" are two that I frequently heard. However, they really do describe the film. While very heartbreaking at times, Moonlight is able to take the very small amount of dialogue and transform it to the beauty of expression. Across the board, the acting is on point in this one.
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A superbly executed testament of the struggles of a gay boy as he grows into a teen and later an adult. I could probably talk about this movie for a couple of hours with the right person. There is so much under the surface of such a simply shot character study.
Collectively, the acting here is top tier, and from such a range of unknowns mixed in with seasoned vets like Ali and Harris. I know Ali got the statue, but for me Harris really shined. However, the prize of the bunch is Ashton Sanders, playing the protagonist during his teen years. Sanders flips between polar opposite sides of the emotional spectrum that many thespians with much more work under their belt could only dream of doing.
I did have a few minor problems with Moonlight which kept it from getting a perfect score, but this is a coming of age story that should not be missed.