Movie Monday: Moonlight


Joshua and I went to see Moonlight on Friday evening, and my goodness, it was such a good movie.

It's the first film I've ever seen where the movie isn't built around a leading actor, but rather the lead character. The lead character, Chiron, is played by three different people, and somehow each of them manages to capture the essence of the character. They really do make you feel like you're watching the same boy at three different stages in life. They all portrayed Chiron excellently, using the same facial expressions and body language. It feels like you're a part of Chiron's life, watching him grow into a man along the way.

As far as the cinematography goes, this film was beautifully perfect. The lighting and the camera angles help to tell the story with incredible detail. It's not an overly-produced film, meaning there aren't car chases and explosions, or lots of CGI graphics. Even still, you're totally enveloped into the story, feeling every scene and not just watching it. 

The score was so well-composed, evoking the proper emotion with every scene. It built the drama in all the right parts. The lack of sound was impressive as well. There were moments where all you could hear was breathing, or the slamming of a door, or the waves in the ocean. It allowed you to feel the weight of the scene, as if you were there in the movie, but the weight wasn't so heavy as to drag you down.

The story was so beautiful and so poignant. It takes you on a non-traditional journey of self-discovery. It truly was deserving of Best Film at the Oscars. It was so good, that I'd go see it again.

It's a movie that I never thought I would have been interested to see a few years ago. I mean, it's a complicated story, with aspects of the black community, poverty, drugs, and the LGBT community. But I am so glad that we went to see it. All things considered, it is one of the best, most artistic and creative films I've ever seen, and I have seen a lot of movies in my life.

If you haven't seen it, please make plans to go see it before it leaves the theaters. You won't be sorry.

LesLeigh J.