'Moonlight' follows three stages of Chiron' life, from a young kid to high school and then as an adult later on. Chiron has to deal with family problems and issues with his sexuality as he makes his way through a tough, troubled life.
One of 'Moonlight's biggest draws is indeed its story that does deal with a lot of issues in a time which is fairly fitting. Due to some of the content, it is hard to watch especially within the second part where Chiron is constantly picked on. The storytelling is clear and concise bringing some powerful moments. However, the film really does ride on the fact that you really get sucked in, attached to or relate to the character. As someone who prefers a more traditional story, I didn't love 'Moonlight'. I believe that this is a great film but it just never connected like it did for many others. There are great moments within the film but there does seem to be quite a bit of filler. This does make the film more realistic but it isn't necessarily the most entertaining or interesting, leaving a lot in between those moments filled with emotion.
Once you see what happens to Chiron in these stages of his life, you do automatically feel for him as some of the conditions he has to live and put up with are appalling. The character is played by three different actors in the film, Alex Hibbert as child Chiron, Ashton Sanders as teen Chiron and Trevante Rhodes as adult Chiron. The three actors do achieve a genuine continuity throughout the film, carrying similar traits and qualities in each of the parts. In saying that, there isn't really anything that interesting about the character we follow. You feel sorry for him and that's about it, you don't grow to connect to the character as you don't really get to know him. For me, I didn't get that connection to the character that I really wanted. If so, it would have really nailed this film down for me but it just didn't fully deliver in that aspect.
'Moonlight' most definitely is a worthwhile watch. It is undoubtedly a very powerful movie that looks to tackle issues that many face today. Amongst that is a clear coming of age film with the main character looking to find his way in life through many different stages. In the end, though, there just wasn't enough to make me love this film. It is incredibly well made, acted and scripted but just lacked that extra something for me.
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