Moonlight ★★★★½

Deeply poignant, and poetic, "Moonlight" makes for not only one of the most fascinating character studies I've seen in a very long time, but also one of the most exhilarating experiences of the year. Tackling such heavy themes as sexuality, masculinity, growing up, acceptance, and just coming to terms with who you are meant to be, this easily could've been way too sentimental, Lifetime material, but with Barry Jenkins's just about flawless execution, and immensely outstanding work from the entire cast (Oscars nods hopefully for Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali) this is a subtle, subdued, brutally honest piece of layered work. With some remarkable cinematography work from James Laxton (the gorgeous scenery of Miami practically becomes its own character), and a lively, soulful musical score from Nicholas Britell, I'm here to say Barry Jenkins's "Moonlight" is the real deal and here I am a day later still deeply thinking about it, many particular scenes. A hard, but ultimately such rewarding watch. Don't you dare wait another 8-10 years to make another movie Mr. Jenkins, I sure hope you're making a new movie as I'm typing here.

So yeah, it's kind of reallllllly good.

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