Thousands of hours in movie theaters did not just help me determine what is a truly special film, but trained me to expect, in highly emotional works, counterbalancing signs of optimism. I want a narrative arc, not merely some fabulous shots and some juddery camerawork which made me feel a bit unwell. If we started again, would things be different? First and foremost, being black and gay in the ghetto wasn't profound enough to elevate the story to anything interesting and the third act was meandering and lifeless garbage. Kotaku, a large online games journalism outlet, was considered a key part of this conspiracy, hence the name KotakuinAction. It is easy to think the movie only focuses on sexuality; however, the film offers a more relatable story about Black boys finding their own identity. Though it is to wildly varying degrees, each protagonist is robbed of his autonomy, creating an attendant struggle to regain that autonomy that builds drama. Hibbert is a schoolboy brutalized by bullies.
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon were nominated for , making McMillon the first black woman to earn an Academy Award nomination in film editing. Submissions must be the direct permalink to the comment. Finally saw Brokeback Mountain and yeah, there was at least one movie that was clearly better. The triptych structure helps to reiterate the fragmented personality to the film and Chiron. I love the way the visuals so effortless complemented each story, with a more frenetic camera work for childhood and a more moody, melancholic tone for longing adulthood.
In the same way the moon illuminates the night sky, Moonlight shines an overdue spotlight on blackness and queerness in a way we haven't seen in cinema before. So I could also relate to Chiron. But when I ventilated about all this to the arts editor of the Evening Standard he clicked disapprovingly. When his attempts to probe Chiron about his life result in silence, Kevin tells him he's had a child with an ex-girlfriend and, although the relationship ended, he is fulfilled by his role as a father. The soundtrack, released on October 21, 2016, consists of eighteen original songs by Britell along with others by , , and.
Foreign films are far more likely to end on downbeat or open-ended notes. It completely immersed me in a world that is no my own but I felt immense empathy for. As McCraney explains, coping with this feeling often coincides with attempts to overstate one's masculinity, in a way that can easily become toxic. The movie recently won a , and took home three Academy Awards,. From the age of 12 years old, being tormenting daily because of my sexuality was all I knew. Chiron's choice to value masculinity over the desire to be loved or caressed becomes evident in scenes like his first sexual encounter with Kevin. In preparation for her role, Harris watched interviews of those with addiction to crack cocaine, and met with addicted women.
But looks only count so much. Don't link to threads you're involved in, or to shit you just disagree with 6. To Chiron, kissing Kevin was not meant as a rebellion or as an act of mere curiosity — it was meant as a liberation movement. Mahershala Ali frequently flew to Miami on consecutive weekends to film during the production of other projects. Naomie Harris later reflected: It was the first time someone had come to their community and wanted to represent it onscreen, and since Barry Jenkins had grown up in that area, there was this sense of pride and this desire to support him.
Which means we can all see ourselves in it. The film keeps showing us Chiron's handsome, inscrutable face. The basics seem like familiar territory. Do not downvote any comments in the threads linked from here! Moonlight received four nominations at the : , , and. Subreddits for kids are also off limits. The transgender sex worker two doors down—her life is important. Why did this dealer feel compelled to take in this gay kid and make him feel comfortable with himself? Jenkins attaches his story of adolescent woes to the social problem of racism.
Trevante plays Chiron, a kid growing up in an impoverished household with his drug addict single mother. This dynamic is highlighted in the relationship between Chiron and his only childhood friend, Kevin. There, he has his first real sexual experience with Kevin, a moment of truth and intimacy that helps him step more fully into who he is. The film subsequently won the at the , along with for Ali and for Jenkins and McCraney, from a total of eight nominations. The second chapter imitated the film stock, which added cyan to the images, while the third chapter used a modified film stock. Being a homosexual within the Black community, on the other hand, has been associated with social alienation and homophobic judgement by peers because Black gay men are seen as weak or effeminate. The first chapter emulated the film stock to intensify the cast's skin tones.
As New York Times critic A. The forthcoming film , out October 21, is at once particular in its perspective and universally relatable. The film was shot in a period of twenty-five days. I felt I have 5% Chiron in me, and doing this role I exhausted 100% of that 5%. Overall, this film does not give itself up to easy categorization or simple definition. Those performances are earth-shatteringly good.
Through Moonlight, the gay storyline is told sincerely in its grand, intimate moments, as well as its twisted, melancholic ones. Over the course of the film, he is taken under the wing of a sympathetic local drug kingpin , and he finds, loses, and finally reconnects with his first love, Kevin. Chiron escapes to their orderly home for the food and comfort often denied to him. If a thread has multiple shitty comments, feel free to 2. While smoking a , the two discuss their ambitions and the nickname Kevin gave Chiron when they were children. It is a heartbreaking moment for both the audience and the protagonist, who is left bloody and bruised by the one person he trusted most. The movie is set in the neighborhood where I grew up.
Moonlight is now playing in select theaters and opens nationwide November 4. Sometimes the critics are just all wrong. It's not a good movie because it's about black, gay character. Juan gives Teresa a knowing glance, and though his response may surprise some, that is exactly what Jenkins was going for. McCraney and Jenkins also both grew up in Miami's , a primary location of the film. Chiron travels to Miami and reunites with Kevin, who now works at a diner.