Moonlight ★★★★★

Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight is tender and powerful. All the emotions are carried over to you in a series of subsequent gaze while the gaps between words never seem to fill the vacuum they create. As heartfelt and real as Moonlight is, it’s equally poignant and poetic. Every single choice of music, every camera-placement, every character motivation feels so perfect that you can’t find a flaw in it.

There have been films that question identity, that explores the early years of sexuality and films that expand on the horizon of what goes into the making of a man or a man’s man. Jenkins’s film is, however, beyond those literal definitions. It does something that hasn’t been done before. It strips down the very essence of a supposedly manly figurine at the center of it all and recounts the flaccid life of its protagonist from childhood through adolescence and eventual adulthood. Based on the play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight is structured into three sections named after the protagonist and his place in the world. Or to put it correctly – His name in the world.

Moonlight is a subtle investigation of a character’s motivation to find love. It’s about the constant struggle to find oneself while trying to fit right into the body we are supposed to be in. It’s about not succumbing to being a product of the environment but rather being a product of yourself. It’s about going past all the heartbreaks, questions, and complexities that bring you down and finally being able to find the voice you need and the listener who listens.


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