Moonlight is a type of film that goes beyond mainstream in its theme. It will cause a division among the critics and audience, and you will either love it or get repulsed by it. Controller Company aims to stay neutral in this type of review, and I will have my own thought in this particular movie. Read on below to hear my thought!
(note: this film contains homosexuality)
The basic premise is about Chiron, a black kid who has a drug-addict mother and is secretly a closet homosexual. He has been bullied since young because of his weak and gentle nature. One day, he meets Juan, a Crack leader that takes pity on him. His life is then chronicled into two more parts: Teenage hood and Adulthood. Will Chiron ever be able to live the life that he has always wanted, in an environment that threatens his existence for his sexuality?
Man oh man, this film’s pacing is really slow. Truthfully, I got bored and almost feel asleep near the middle portion when there are lots of dialogues happening. The starting portion is good, though, which establishes the Chiron as a boy who is lost inbetween his own sexual preference. There is a sense of purity in a child that is soon tainted by his toxic environment, which can be quite common among the black community. His character and others are full of personality that makes them a fully believable characters, and also creating unique relationships, especially Chiron and Juan and another bisexual guy Kevin.
I like the way the film brings you through different phases of Chiron’s life. It shows how a stigma is consistently maintained even when you grow up. When he is being bullied for being gay, it creates a crack in him that eventually leads him to become someone he doesn’t want to be. Though I’m not a fan of gay film, I must say one of the scenes where he found a partner that shares his experience to be touching, as such person can be very hard to come by in real life. Moonlight brings out the worst in people, but it also brings about hope of reconciliation and finding own forgiveness from life’s trials.