Movie Review: Moonlight

Note: No Spoilers

The movie tells the story of a young man named Chiron growing up in Miami and dealing with his own sexuality. The story is told in three parts: Chiron as a boy, Chiron as a teenager, and Chiron as an adult. The movie explores themes such as drugs, violence, family, masculinity, and sexuality.

There are several seasons why I should like this movie. The actors, and the characters they portrayed, were fantastic. Everything seemed so natural and believable. My favorite character in the movie was Juan because there were so many layers to him and he really was the best part of the movie. Also, the music was really good. However, for some reason I didn’t feel anything. I thought I was going to be boo-hooing at the end of this movie and I was just like ‘meh’. I actually dozed off for a minute during one scene. This movie received  98% on Rotten Tomatoes and it has received nothing but positive reviews. But, for some reason I just thought the movie was okay. I think what was missing for me was that I wanted more dialogue. Chiron doesn’t talk much. It is part of his character, but it is also frustrating. I just thought so much more could have been said. Also, things were never explained. The movie had so many unanswered questions.

I will say that Moonlight is 10x better than Boyhood. Boyhood is one of my least favorite movies. Boyhood had no story really. Yeah it is cool the movie was filmed in 12 years using the same characters, but that was the only interesting part about it. That was the first time I watched a movie and wanted 2 hours of my life back. The 2nd time was when I watched  Independence Day 2.

I say that the movie is definitely worth watching. It is well made, the acting is fantastic, and the story is interesting. It just isn’t a movie I would watch again.

Grade: B


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