Benjamin Maio Mackay
Moonlight - 4.5 Stars
A remarkable, powerful tale that is artistic in style.
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.
What’s unique about this film is that three different actors portray the main character over the course of the film. What’s more interesting is none of those actors ever met. The result is fascinating, it feels truly like you watch someone grow up. It’s little changes, changes that would’ve been discussed and ironed out if they’d met. Those differences is what makes this feel real, because people really do evolve and change.
The cinematography and colouring of this film are amazing. It looks beautiful and considering the tiny budget it had it’s remarkable how it turned out. Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome all offer amazing performances. However, it’s the richness, overbearing yet shy and complexity of Trevante Rhodes’ performance that really stands out to me.
The script from writer/director Barry Jenkins is really strong, this movie was truly the underdog that overpowered critics and audiences worldwide. It won a Golden Globe earlier this year and I’m sure it’ll fair well at the Oscars too.
Overall great performances, a strong script and brilliant cinematography bind this modern masterpiece. Definitely one not to miss.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment & Palace Nova Cinemas