Serge The Movie Guy’s review published on Letterboxd:
And the Oscar goes to...
A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.
If you thought Fences or Manchester by the Sea was depressing, then you've never seen Moonlight. There is no hope for this movie...and yet I almost feel nothing.
Barry Jenkins directs the shit out of this. He makes all the characters feel real as well as the environment they're living in. While it feels very raw it's also very artistic. The way it's edited, shot, scored, and written feels almost classical.
I've seen Mahershala Ali in other movies and I know he's a great actor. He gives his best performance in this. He truly cares for Chiron and what's to be a role model for him. But his personal struggles might prevent him from doing so.
Naomie Harris was also fantastic. I know she's not going to win Best Supporting Actress but I'm glad she's nominated. I hated her character throughout most of it but by the time it ends I felt bad for her character and hoped she and her son can end on good terms.
I don't want to talk too long about this because I feel like you've heard all of this already. So I'll just talk about what's been on my mind the most about this: the ending.
No, I'm not going to spoil anything! I just want to make this brief. I was expecting this movie to wreck me at the end. I wanted this to take my heart and rip it out of my chest. I wanted this to be the saddest and most perfect ending of 2016. Did I get that...no. It's not that I didn't understand the ending the ending, it's just that everything felt like it was leading up to this big important or emotional moment that'll leave the audiences in tears for a lifetime. Almost like a tragedy. Unfortunately, it just kind of ended. It was actually really quick.
I have to flaw this movie for that in my personal opinion. I also think Mahershala Ali could have been featured in this a lot more than what he was in. I was surprised by how much he wasn't really in it.
I overall love this movie leading up to the end. I won't it too much for that, but don't expect to be one of my new favorites nor in my top 10 of the year (2016). It is still a damn great movie that I do encourage everyone to watch.
Moonlight is enchanting.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 (A/A+)