6 points about
Yep, today we are talking about yet another Oscar movie. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to see Split yet, and once I do, I shall get 6 points about that up. But for now, we have Moonlight to talk about. Just this morning, Moonlight got 8 Oscar nominations. This puts it up as one of the powerhouse movies of this year. It didn’t quite reach the hype level of La La Land, but Moonlight was still a very well received movie among the movie community. I was really looking forward to seeing Moonlight, but did it live up to my expectations? Read my 6 points about Moonlight below.
1. The performances were all fantastic.
This movie is told in three different stages of an African/American boy’s life. Obviously, three different actors played the boy at the different stages, as well as some other characters that we are following from the stage. Therefore, there are a lot of individual’s to go through, so I won’t. But just know that they were all fantastic, particularly in the middle stage. Mahershala Ali got a best supporting actor nod, and deservedly so. He actually isn’t in the movie that much, but he portrays his character very well. He had to make a drug dealer the most likeable person in the movie, which is no easy feat, yet his great performance did just that. Naomie Harris also get a supporting actress nod, and also deservedly so. Ali probably has more of a chance of winning, but Harris did give a very powerful performance. She really stole the scenes she was in, and the younger actors were struggling to keep up with her at times. There simply was not a single bad performance in this movie, and the Oscar nominations prove just that.
2. I loved how the story was told in an unconventional way.
Moonlight isn’t told in a conventional storytelling manner. We get a grasp of what is going on in this boy’s life in each different segment. At the beginning, we get the introduction, and straight away you get a feeling that this kid hasn’t got it easy. We also get a great introduction to his relationship with Mahershala Ali. This was a really enjoyable aspect of the movie. There were large gaps of this boy’s life just left out. A lot of times we, the audience, are left to figure out what has happened in the last 10 years or so of his life. The first part is the introduction of the child’s background and we get a wider view. But in the second and third we see one specific story arc get a lot of focus, while the rest is pushed away for us to almost figure out. This was such a different way of telling a story, and it damn well worked. This was a risky movie, but it payed off wonderfully. I hope more movies take a leaf out of Moonlight’s book, and not be afraid to tell a story in a different way than is usual.
3. This was a powerful and gritty movie.
This isn’t exactly an easy watch. You need to be in the right frame of mind to watch Moonlight. There were some powerful and shocking moments. You could feel the tension rising in almost every scene. People are clearly dodging what they actually want to say, and this creates such tension. There were some very gritty and realistic scenes that I won’t be forgetting any time soon. Everyone will take something away from this movie, and it did have a lot or relatable and realistic aspects. This was such a powerful movie, and there probably hasn’t been a movie as powerful as this since 12 Years a Slave. This was a powerhouse of a movie, and the issues it dealt with, and how it executed these issues in a powerful, realistic and gritty manner, makes it the most important movie of 2016.
4. The technical aspects of this movie were amazing.
I got excited by how good the cinematography was in this movie. The way that this movie was shot shows just how gritty this is, and immediately conveys the tone of this movie. James Laxton shot this movie, and he has some stiff competition at the Oscars, but I do think he should win. No movie this year had such engaging cinematography. The screenplay was also excellent, and again, gave the movie such a realistic feel. I know I am harping on about how realistic and gritty this movie was, and it’s because it really was! This movie did receive an adapted screenplay nod, and could well be in the running for a win. Despite all of this, the real star of the movie was director Barry Jenkins. He is a relative newcomer, and he damn well delivered on all fronts. His ability to use one man’s story to offer a remarkable look at life and some serious issues in life was a rarity. He meticulously crafted this powerful story, in such a refreshing way, that it makes you excited to be a movie fan. Huge props to Jenkins and it will be interesting to see what he will do next.
5. Where does Moonlight rank among this years movies?
Moonlight isn’t a movie that you will be itching to watch again and again. Once you watch it, you stop and think, and reflect. If you put this and Rogue One in front of me, I would probably pick Rogue One to watch again, but 100 percent Moonlight is a better movie. This was the best made movie all year, the most powerful movie all year and the most important movie all year. I would say this comes in around the numbers 4/5/6 in the rank of my best movies this year, but I am probably too late to start making a best of 2016 list. There isn’t much left to say about Moonlight, so let’s get into the conclusion.
6. Overall, Moonlight is an extremely powerful movie, and one of the year’s best.
Moonlight is one of the favourites to scoop up some Oscars, and rightfully so. There were so many fantastic performances, and so many powerful story arcs. All of which were delivered masterfully by Barry Jenkins. This was such a beautiful movie, and there has never been too many like it. At least in recent memory that is. I don’t think that this was an absolute perfect movie, and there were some scenes that were less intense than other, but then again that has got to be expected. I am going to rate Moonlight 9.5/10.