Written by Adam Darbyshire
Starting somewhere in the middle of Miami, we begin the tale following one person as they progress through life, finding out who they are but also trying to accept that that is WHO they are. Working out how this who fits in with their society and ultimately attempt to embrace it, despite the trials and tribulations put in the way by those around them.
The clever part of this movie is that it is broken into three chapters; the first chapter featuring childhood and we join it when our protagonist is around six years old, trying to find his place in society as he discovers the world around him. Trying to get on with the other children on the estate, he’s also working out how the world works now he is adventuring out into it.
Chapter Two brings us in when he’s ten years older, some familiar faces are still present and he is now struggling with figuring out who he is and what this means for the rest of his life. All the while his school and those around him are trying to pen him into who they either want him to be or who he is expected to be. Bringing up a big question in our society- “who am I?”
In the third and final chapter we again progress another ten years and we see the person that he has become. We can see perfectly how it fits into the place in society and how similar it is to an earlier character who doesn’t seem to play much relevance in the movie after Chapter One, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you here.
Moonlight really grips you from the opening scene and the clever progression through our protagnists life. The clever angles and music blend so effortlessly with watch you are watching, making you feel part of the journey.
This film could come on TV in a few months’ time and you find yourself flicking through the channels and landing on Moonlight, I guarantee that you would fully invest the next couple of hours of your life into it. And it’d be totally worth it.
A truly gripping, timeless tale that I would (and have) recommended to anyone looking for something to watch. Check out the trailer below and then go book yourself a slot at the cinema for the full masterpiece. We hope you enjoyed the Moonlight Movie Review.