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Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, was recently nominated for eight Academy Awards (commonly known as Oscars),  including Best Picture. Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie won the Golden Globe for Best Drama, and was nominated for Best Director In a Motion Picture, and Best Screenplay among other awards. It has 8.3 stars on IMDB, and an impressive 98% (with an adjusted score of 105%) on the online movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. But how does it hold you in the eyes of a fourteen year old.

Good. The movie has an engaging and realistic story, a good script, and amazing acting. In fact, it is a very “ACTOR” kind of movie, meaning that is an acting heavy movie, and the film revels in its performance. Moonlight is also hyper-realistic, in that the story feels real, which, in this case, is not necessarily a good thing. Moonlight is about an African-American gay boy who grows up with his crack-addicted mother. He gets arrested in high school in the aftermath of a brutal fight, and becomes a drug dealer when he is released from the juvenile justice system. This is the story of so many minority youth, which gives the movie its sense of realism. But, the familiar and realistic story also makes the film overwhelmingly depressing. This, in combination with some of the cinematography caused me to not enjoy the film. There is now way I can say that the film is not good, because it is so good; however, I can say that I did not enjoy it.  With regard to the cinematography, there were scenes where the camera would move fast and the picture would become blurry. Although I am not sure whether this was due to the cinematography or the protector, the problem is that it made me nauseous.

I believe that the reason critics love Moonlight so much is because of how socially conscious it is. And the film is very socially conscious, but, it flaunts that fact that it is in most scenes. But, many people like this, arguing the Hollywood needs to make socially and politically conscious movies, rather than happy movies that allow you forgot about the world — for example, La La Land. Yet, I do not agree with this. It is nice to have films that speak important social and political messages, but I also want films that transport me to another world, rather than the depressing places of our world, which is probably why I preferred La La Land, but that is besides the point. Yet, Moonlight conveys a powerful message and conveys it really well.

Moonlight is a very well made movie, if not always an enjoyable one. It boasts impressive performances from its child lead actors, and just as excellent performances from it’s supporting cast, landing two of them, Mahershala Ali and Naomi Harris, Oscars nominations. Supporting actor, Janelle Monáe, who later starred in Hidden Figures, gives her first movie performance that is not a voice-over. I definitely recommend Moonlight, but only to those who are willing to leave the cinema utterly depressed. It certainly deserves most the Oscar nominations it received, yet not quiet as worthy to win, especially up against Arrival, Manchester By The Sea, and of course, La La Land. I would give Moonlight 8 stars, saying: “Moonlight is a excellent device for acting and story, yet a bit too real an experience to enjoy”

 

Moonlight stars Alex Hibbert, Ashton

.”Snaders, Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, Jangle Monáe, and Mahershala Ali. It is written and directed by Barry Jenkins. Moonlight is rated R and is now in theaters.

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