Moonlight

Moonlight

DVD - 2017
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A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Publisher: [United States] :, A24 / Lionsgate,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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loulou2008
Sep 15, 2018

This is a very touching and beautifully shot film about one boy/man's deep pain and isolation. A creative, powerful film!

Long, pointless, and tedious film that's mediocre at it's best.
I know that I'm supposed to be enthralled by the edginess of a gay Black man in urban Miami, But, none of this is even remotely "edgy" or unfamiliar.
Why I'm supposed to care about any aspect of his excruciatingly boring life is beyond me.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 11, 2018

This movie follows important milestones and defining moments in the life of Chiron - a young black man growing up in Miami. The quote “it takes a village to raise a child” rings true in this story as the community as a whole plays a major role in his upbringing. He must tackle issues with his own identity as well as the behaviour and actions of his mother and the people around him. He must also learn how to handle being a minority male who also happens to be gay. This movie is something that has never been seen before and deeply explores what it means to be a human. I would rate this film 4.5/5 stars.
- @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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donny_b
Jun 07, 2018

I enjoyed the photography in this movie.
In fact the movie was just as good for me with the sound off.

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wildct2003
Mar 10, 2018

Well made film. Part 1 was a bit slow as the main character didn’t speak much at all.

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JOSEPH SARDO
Mar 05, 2018

Though the first 35 minutes or so were very hushed, the film was compelling and the storytelling was strong. My connection to the narrative did drop off, admittedly, once the homosexual narrative was introduced and then I almost felt the movie just sort of ended. I didn't feel I had much to work with or take from the film when it was all said and done. I felt for the character, especially at the beginning, but then slowly but surely it faded. Especially as a grown and rugged man, seemingly disconnected from his past, even the clear and necessary attempt to put bring the story full circle didn't work fully for me.

In the special features, it was remarked how well the three different actors (for the same, growing protagonist character) 'seamlessly' transitioned and were able to subtly portray the reality of this being the same young boy growing up. I would disagree. May not be the actors' fault as much as the script itself, but either way I enjoyed the beginning of the film and disliked it by the end. But still interesting, with some moving portrayals of a rough upbringing and trying to make it work

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sarabrynne
Feb 09, 2018

Beautiful, perfectly paced, with incredible acting and cinematography. After watching it a second time I found it equally powerful. More than worthy of best picture. The attention to detail is remarkable: imbuing every shot with the humanity of the characters, the composition and focus on color in every shot, the small facial expressions, the soundtrack, the presence of place, the tracking of each character over time. More than earned it's 5 stars from me.

Slow, uninspired, and retread cinematic shots that ultimitely lead nowhere.
The acting is mediocre, the pace moves at a snails crawl, and I really couldn't make a connection with the protagonist.
He's lifeless and uninteresting.
Why this win Best Picture I will never know.

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SeahawksFanatic
Jan 31, 2018

I was shocked this movie won best picture , maybe most boring picture would be more fitting.

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HarmonyPeaceLove
Jan 21, 2018

Great movie! I can see why it won Best Movie of the year!
I really felt Chirron's pain from a child, teenager & adult.
I didn't see how anyone thought he would be gay when he was a child. I thought the bully might be gay & he didn't want others to know & that's why he picked on Chirron.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

Tons of quotes in IMDb already but this one was unexpected and shocking:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4975722/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

You the only man that's ever touched me. You're the only one. I haven't really touched anyone since.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

“I was a wild little shortie, man. Just like you. Running around with no shoes on, the moon was out. This one time, I run by this old lady. I was running, howling. Kinda a fool, boy. This old lady, she stopped me. She said, “Running around, catching a lot of light. In moonlight, black boys look blue. You're blue. That's what I’m gonna call you: ‘Blue’.”
“Is your name 'Blue’?”
“Nah. At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you’re going to be. Can’t let nobody make that decision for you.”

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

britprincess1ajax thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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