Ryan Seder’s review published on Letterboxd:
Moonlight is a magnificent portrait of masculinity in the contemporary world, with broad, valuable insights on how race, sexual orientation, and class all influence and inform one's identity. It's a showcase for compassion and empathy in a world seemingly lacking both.
I am so moved by this film, and want to watch it with everyone who hasn't seen it yet. Having loved La La Land as well, I am not at all mad this won best picture, because it really is a masterpiece in and of itself. I have listened to this soundtrack numerous times, my favorite being “Hello Stranger.” The score transports me right back to my emotional state, sitting in the theater with tears welling in my eyes wishing for the tragic and beautiful story to never end.
I adore the reoccurring motifs of the ocean, the POV shots/4th wall breaks, the color blue, and the question “Who is you?” I even have this bold theory that the director of photography incorporated lens that had a circular bokeh (the out-of-focus background) in order to visually reiterate the “Chiron in the middle of the world” theme. By often centering him amidst this technique, he often looks tossed in a whirlwind of tragedy, a tornado of life's challenges. It could very well be the case, and I found it to be very unique.
Wow, what a film.
P.S. I took my girlfriend to see this film at the “Four Star Theatre” in the Richmond District of San Francisco.... I had never been to this theater, and let me tell you, this should be called the one star theater because the projector was slightly out of focus the entire film. And you better believe I was livid once I realized it wasn't my eyes like 5 minutes into the film. So frustrating and thankfully didn't completely ruin my experience. And I would have said something to the staff if my eyes wasn't in such a somber mood leaving the showing.