Moonlight

A rare piece in Hollywood!!

You don’t find many pieces in Hollywood (that come to limelight) that explore the grim corners of our society. This movie dares to do it…. and it’s nice to see it getting appreciated by so many across the industry. We need movies like this….. movies that explore the society from a different perspective.

“The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one” – Will McAvoy (The Newsroom)

The movie serves as an important social drama. The beauty of the movie lies in the fact that it is open ended and doesn’t enforce any opinion. It just acts as a prompt. The movie is simple and elegant. Everything that it wants to say, it does it in a subtle manner.

The movie takes an approach similar to that of Boyhood and explores the struggles and problems of an African American during the different stages of his life (3 to be exact). The movie touches on various social problems but does so very gracefully. There are no heavy speeches on what is right or wrong, no issue that is central….. just an accurate description of reality. The music score just blends in beautifully. Sometimes, the dialogues fade and it’s just the music…..those were one of my favourite moments.

“To make a great film, you need three things- the script, script and the script.”-Alfred Hitchcock

The screenplay was just perfect….combine it with great acting, direction, cinematography and editing….you get a masterpiece. This is a must watch!!

IMDb-“A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.”

 

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jay Alba says:

    It’s funny that you mention Boyhood, b/c this film has all the structure that Boyhood was lacking. That movie was relying on the 12years-in-the-making gimmick, but the story definitely suffered.

    Moonlight was the only Oscar nom I saw this year. I’m glad it won, but I wonder how it compared to the other nominations.

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    1. Vibhor Kumar says:

      I totally agree with you regarding the structure of the two films. Honestly, I watched Boyhood a long time back and didn’t like it much. I do appreciate the time and effort that went into it but like you said, the story suffered. By mentioning Boyhood, I simply wanted to draw a parallel between the two films for exploring the same character at different ages with significant emphasis on each one. And, I might be totally wrong here coz I don’t remember much of Boyhood. It’s just that when I was writing the review, I was reminded of it.

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      1. Jay Alba says:

        No I totally agree! I feel like the story structure of Boyhood was wasted. I would’ve loved to see something cool, like maybe the movie’s formatted as a string of vignettes? Also, I really liked Moonlight’s open ending. I thought that was well done, but in Boyhood, it felt like the director just didn’t know how to end it.

        Not going to lie, wasn’t a fan of Mason’s character either. Comes off as a bit of a pretentious artist haha

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    2. Vibhor Kumar says:

      And regarding the other Oscar nominations, if you like a pure drama, Manchester by the Sea and Fences are a must watch.
      Lion was also great, but since I’m an Indian so there might be some bias there 😛
      Hidden Figures was okay.
      I found La La Land to be overrated. We have a lots of movies in Bollywood (Indian Cinema) which are very much like La La Land and some are even better than it. Although for Hollywood, musicals are not so common, so they have mostly been appreciated.

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      1. Jay Alba says:

        Thanks! I’ll definitely try to see Fences. I want to see Hidden Figures, gotta support those female-driven stories, you know?

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