Moonlight ★★★★½

Ever since I heard David Ehrlich describe Moonlight as "Carol by way of Frank Ocean", it's been one of my most anticipated films of this year's fall film season. I can now say that Moonlight is one of the most pure, authentic, emotional, and riveting cinematic experiences that you'll have all year. Have some of it's themes been used before? Sure, but visionary Barry Jenkins spins it in a way like nothing else ever done before. It's certainly conscious of it's surrounding environment and it's relevance in today's times, but Moonlight is a personal film more than anything. To watch Moonlight is to walk a mile in Chiron's shoes and then some.

The relatively unknown ensemble cast each knocks it out of the park as their respective characters, and the writing is well done as well. But another half of why Moonlight is so significant is all the technical aspects behind it. People will surely be watching this in film studies classes years from now, as there's so many aspects to take apart and analyze. The blend of hip-hop with classic soul with Nicholas Britell's score lets you know the rough environment this film is set in, but also lets you know that it's deeply rooted in emotion. The lush and intricate visuals and framing are a treat for the eyes, and the sound design is one of the films highlights, making perfect use of silences.

To sum up, Moonlight is one of those films that must be seen to be believed, and is one of the best films you'll see this year.

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