Moonlight ★★★★★

Juan: At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you gonna be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you.

I haven’t seen or talked about Moonlight since I joined Letterboxd and I’ve been wanting to after not seeing it in years, so here I am as I revisit Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning masterpiece. This was back when I started to find myself as an open-minded film lover, no matter the genre or subject matter. And I’m glad Moonlight opened my mind, because I wouldn’t be interested in raw and intimate stories on screen! It’s simply a heartbreaking and beautiful story about how one can be true to oneself. In other words, it’s pretty much like Boyhood, Boyz n the Hood and Brokeback Mountain.

I remember starting to have faith in A24 after being disappointed in Spring Breakers. I honestly thought that the company was going to be closed down no matter how much praise their films got, like Orion. But after seeing Hereditary, Uncut Gems, The Lighthouse, Good Time, The Witch and Everything Everywhere All At Once, I owe it all to Moonlight for being a real film based on creative independence! I hope to give one more chance for Scott Beck and Bryan Woods in another good horror film with the help of A24.

Paula: I fucked it all the way up. But your heart ain't gotta be black like mine, baby. I love you, Chiron. I do. I mean, you ain't gotta love me. Lord knows I did not have love for you when you needed it, I know that. So you ain't gotta love me; but you gonna know that I love you.

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