Moonlight ★★★★★

This is an outstanding achievement of modern cinema. Last night I saw M. Night Shyamalan doing thriller-by-numbers with Spilt and Mel Gibson using his ubiquitous sledgehammer throughout Hacksaw Ridge and whilst both films held their own and were entertaining in their own way tonight Barry Jenkins showed them just how beautiful and moving cinema can really be.

I am going to mention nothing about the story as I feel that this is a film that deserves to be seen blind, but with all great masterpieces this is one film where the narrative holds equal weighting with many other elements. The acting is immense (Naomie Harris deservedly getting a nod for supporting actress in this year's Oscars), the score and sound mixing are wonderfully and subtly used and the editing is immaculate. However, it is visually where this film perhaps excels the most. There is a beautiful use of tone and colour, a wonderfully controlled use of angles and camera movement and a striking use of shallow focus, all of which manage to simultaneously create a dreamlike quality whilst retaining harsh realism.

All the way home this film had me thinking over and over about the characters and the way that the film delicately and respectfully handled the subject matter. Tonight I've witnessed my favourite film of 2017 so far and a film which deserves to win the Oscar for best picture.

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