London Film Festival: Moonlight Review

Other | Tuesday 11th October 2016 | Francesco

Moonlight is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins. The film stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali. It's the incredible story of the growth of a young black american guy, Chiron, who lives with a troublesome mother,who is bullied and has to accept and deal with his homosexuality. Barry Jenkins directs an incredible picture that is capable of delicately and emotionally depicting a difficult coming of age story.

Following Richard Linklater's steps, Jenkins doesn't exaggerate on the tone of the movie: it's a sober portrait of the feelings of a difficult child that has to grow up and survive in nightmarish sorroundings. He finds love, he finds a better mother figure, but he is carried away by the events.The director deals with such a great range of themes and issues, and it does it with class.

What I loved about this movie is the sombre and intimate connection that it creates with the viewer. It's impossible not to get involved in Chiron's struggle. You feel bad for him, you root for him and you love him more than his own mother does. It's an excellent second movie for Barry Jenkins and Moonlight will hit your heart. Let's hope that the movie will get the awards it deserves, it's unforgettable.I also loved how they balanced an outstanding soundtrack with delicate cinematography. It's a heartwarming experience.It is part of the official competition of the London Film Festival, don't miss our reviews and red carpet interviews. Have a look at the Moonlight Trailer: