Test your waterproof mascara with ‘Moonlight’
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Moonlight is a little movie with a big heart at its center and one that is not afraid to break your heart before it gradually stitches it back together.
We follow the story of Chiron, a young man, through three defining stages of his life as he struggles with his identity while dealing with a difficult home life and his own sexuality.
“Moonlight” is unpretentiously beautiful, and its beauty is seen in every frame. The often harsh realities of life in “The War on Drugs” era Miami seem even more tragic and tangible. And these realities are not glossed over by unnecessary clutter within the frame. Sexuality and addiction are not undertones, and though they are sometimes handled in quieter ways, they are not hidden.
What also struck me about this movie was how quiet it is. We start and end with silence. Both are significant, and it is commendable that this film does not end with a whimper. It ends with a sigh of peace and an appropriate moment of finality. The score is very understated and comes out only when needed, and the dialogue is just as frugal.
One of the only negative points I would make about this movie is also one of its biggest assets: the cinematography. While the vast majority of shots are wonderful, there are a few that occasionally seem unnecessary or distracting. They stand out in what is otherwise an exemplary film.
“Moonlight” is a film worth experiencing. It is a beautiful story, and it is one that is not afraid to highlight reality. The characters are the film’s true asset, and the end will leave you wishing you could spend just a little more time with them.
“Moonlight” is currently showing until Dec. 8 at the Nickelodeon Theater. Find tickets and showtimes here.