Fast Five Review: Moonlight (2016)

2016 | M | Drama

Chiron is growing up poor, African American and gay in one of Miami’s toughest neighbourhoods. His mother is addicted to drugs and he’s relentlessly bullied at school. The odds are stacked against him. In Moonlight, we meet Chiron three times: the first as a child, the second as a teenager and the third as an adult.

1) Did you like it?

Yep. So did the people who hand out Oscars. Moonlight took out the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay – as well as the award for Best Picture.

2) Why?

Remember when movies with multi-squillion dollar budgets and big name directors were pretty much guaranteed to win all the critical acclaim? Isn’t it great that a film with a budget of $1.5 million, shot in less than a month can swoop in and pick up some of the industry’s biggest awards? Moonlight is a visually and thematically stunning film that tells the story of a single life – a tiny tragedy that feels epic in scale.

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

You’re in the mood for a smart, elegantly crafted movie that’s completely engaging and quietly heartbreaking. This is a film you need to see.

4) This movie made me think about…

Race, identity, love – you know, all the big, complicated stuff. Also perspective. Chiron has a life that’s more complicated than I could ever understand. Remind me never to complain about growing up ever again…

5) Overall rating?


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