Overall Rank: 326
Average Rating: 3.3/4
# of Ratings: 56
Theatrical Release Date: 10/21/2016
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/28/2017
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Barry Jenkins
Actors: Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders
Plot: Follows the life of Kevin from childhood, to adolescents to adulthood as he grows up in the drug-plagued inner-city Miami as he looks to rise above the violence and gangs to find love and change within himself. -- Chris Kavan
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/28/2019
A coming-of-age piece that tells its main character's compelling life-story with three defining chapters of his life, and does so with spellbinding passion.
whatch22 - wrote on 03/21/2018
A beautifully constructed film, and part of the reason is the amazing cast. Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris get a lot of deserved credit, but all of the supporting characters including the guys who played Kevin, helped to build this beautiful story, and deserve recognition as well.
Amy - wrote on 02/22/2017
A good movie, worth seeing, but I felt it suffered from having so many time jumps requiring different actors playing the same roles. Might have been more effective as a novel -- there was nothing about it that felt particularly cinematic, despite some pretty shots.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 03/16/2017
Moonlight is the story of Chiron, a shy and awkward boy who grows to be a gangster with a secret. This story is an examination of what it means to be a black man in contemporary America and how a self-reinforcing cultural stereotype can cause huge conflict within the mind of a man like Chiron or "Black". On the surface he the epitome of the gangster cliche with gold-plated grill, pimpmobile and jail yard physique but this is carefully constructed facade he has had to affect because of his aggressively homophobic peers. Chiron is played by three different actors portraying three different stages in his life, but not only are they all completely believable, they actually genuinely seem to be the same person which adds a really nice sense of continuity. The film is beautifully shot, the …
Matthew Brady - wrote on 11/16/2016
LIFF30 2016 #4
People told me this was amazing. Actually a lot of people. But wow, nobody warned me this was going to be emotionally striking. Praising this movie for being powerful is just an understatement.
Moonlight is one of best character study movies I've seen this year. The directing, the writing, score, and especially the acting is what this movie so freaking brilliant.
Director Barry Jenkins shot this movie in a very different and unique way. And I say "unique" as how this movie was filmed in a shallow depth that made the whole thing pretty intriguing. I wouldn't say he's directing is complete perfectionist, as there's plenty of room for improvement. Even if you don't like the choices he picked for a scene, but keep in mind that this doesn't equal bad directing. Lets …
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