Review: ‘Moonlight’ Beautifully Melds Three Actors Into One Man Searching for Identity
Movies| | By Jack Fango
Mahershala Ali (Remy Danton in House of Cards) deserves a special mention for his role as Juan, the drug dealer. Jenkins has magically led us to believe that we are watching one person, an authentic Chiron, in his tortured path to self-realization. Throughout the film, we get a disturbing view of Miami’s ghetto drug culture. Unfortunately, Chiron’s mother is one of its victims. This is a film of great insight and sensitivity. All of the Chirons do great justice to Jenkins’ script. The realities of being young and gay in a straight dominated culture are dramatically presented. We see how cruel children and teenagers can be to those they see as different from themselves. The ending of the story might not provide sufficient closure for many in the audience, but the story has not really ended. Moonlight is a well-constructed, well-acted and sensitive examination of a developing life. This is a film that you should definitely put on the “must see” list. Check out the trailer for Moonlight below.