Moonlight Film Review

Moonlight chronicles the life of Chiron and how he manoeuvres from childhood to adulthood. Reflecting contemporary African American life and the complexity of identity, sexuality, family, friendships and love, the film is a personal and powerful account of how people and experiences can shape a life of a young boy.

Directed by Barry Jenkins and based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight tells the story of a boy growing up and discovering who he is. Heart-breaking and heart-warming, the story engages from the start and keeps you engaged to the end.

What I liked about Moonlight was the way it portrays the relationships men have with each other and the positive influence this can have. It challenges the stereotypes of what we perceive masculinity to be or should look like. It shows masculinity comes in different shapes and sizes, that there is no one size fits all. It is the complexity and the compassion of the characters, that makes you look beyond the surface, beyond what they look like and where the live. It is this that makes you want to know more about them and what happens next to them.

A much deserved winner for best picture at the Academy Awards 2017, Moonlight is a brilliant and a beautiful film and is definitely worth the watch.

The trailer for Moonlight has been watched here.


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