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Ashley Menzel Moonlight (9.5/10)
Every aspect of this film is done with care and precision. The lighting, the cinematography, and even the music are done so well to create this beautiful masterpiece. Moonlight is the heart-wrenching, eye-opening must see film of 2016.
I didn’t love Moonlight, but it’s a really good movie, to say the least. The cinematography is gorgeous, save a couple of shots, and the performances from the actors playing Chiron are stellar. My personal favorite actor of the three, as well as my favorite “vignette” of the film, was the middle section. The third act, which I’ve been hearing countless praise over, was, strangely enough, my least favorite. Mahershala Ali is fantastic in the film, but his time in it is limited. The way he’s written out of the film felt very lazy and anti-climatic. I won’t say where and when that happens, but when it does, you may see where I’m coming from. Naomie Harris was good in the movie, but I don’t see what was so amazing about it. The performance felt less about portraying this complex and damaged single mother and more about Naomie Harris going for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. I’m currently alone with this opinion, but maybe a second watch will change that. I’ve seen better films come out both from the festival circuit and from the film’s distributor, A24, this year, but I can understand why this is attracting so much attention and love, and I definitely recommend checking it out.
Scott Menzel: Moonlight (9/10)
Director Barry Jenkins tells the story of a young man named Chiron played by three different actors, all who embrace and bring something fresh to the character. The audience follows Chiron through three pivotal stages of his life and how his life has changed from one stage to the next. The film is wonderfully acted and perfectly paced giving the audience just enough insight into each period of Chiron’s life. Well-crafted characters, a powerful story, and flawless direction make Moonlight easily one of the year’s best films.
Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for Moonlight : 8.7 /10
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