Review: Moonlight



Genre: Drama
Duration: 111 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 17-FEB-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3 on 5 (Missed Opportunity)

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Overall Review:
“Moonlight” is based on a story by Tarell McCraney, based on his own experience of growing up gay in a tough Florida neighborhood. Moonlight is about poverty, intolerance, the battle to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and love. Barry Jenkins’ film is essentially three short stories woven into a larger tapestry. Each features the same protagonist but at different times of his life: Child, Teenager and Man. Film really runs out of fuel in the third act (chapter), as Black remains a completely underdeveloped character. The reconciliation, highlighted by tender feelings between two men, is simply not enough to bring the story to a fitful conclusion. Jenkins’ final 30 minutes is dragged out where there are no surprises. Overall the story line is predictable and formulaic. It relies heavily on the lead being intriguing and connecting with audiences. The pace makes this aspect extremely hard because it’s very slow. Moonlight gains in the technical aspects mainly – Performances, Cinematography & Background Score. The visuals are rich and vibrant. Three talented actors share the main character’s role and the supporting parts are filled by experienced actors and newcomers, all of whom are good fits for their characters.

PDF Verdict:
Nominated for 8 Oscars this year, Moonlight probably will take away 2 of them for sure: Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris for best supporting actor/actress. Film sometimes struggles to create cohesive narrative but certainly does its best to develop an experience unique for cinema-goers. Nevertheless, its a missed opportunity.

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3 on 5 (Missed Opportunity)
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5
Production Designs: 3 on 5

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