I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to write about Moonlight, and after it won best picture at the Oscars, I feel this is that time.
Moonlight is a film that is so important for so many reasons. Not only is it a beautifully made film, absolutely flawless in every way from directing to cinematography and screenwriting, but it is a story that has needed to be told for so long. Moonlight follows the story of one man’s life from his childhood to adulthood. The first act begins with a young black boy named Chiron, the second act his teenage life, and the third and final act, Chiron’s adulthood. The film follows Chiron on a journey of discovering his sexuality, and the difficulties that come with this in the environment he is growing up in. From a very young age, Chiron discovers the possibility of being gay, and we see him gradually grow to accept this side of himself throughout the film. This is the first time a film has ever explored this story with an all black cast and it is nothing short of a masterpiece.