DVD - 2017
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LPL_SarahM Mar 21, 2021

I'm five years late to the game watching this one, that was five years wasted. Amazing movie. Worthy of its many awards.

Jan 23, 2021

Somehow I had this on my Netflix list when it was there and didn’t get around to it. Thanks to @VPL, I have now seen how incredible the story-telling is here. The dialogue is sparse, but the performances are so lucid!

Highly recommended.

Dec 10, 2020

This excellent movie is unique on so many levels- from actors I've never seen to the setting in Paris, the astonishing way it made me laugh from really subtle scenes to the dramas, intrigues, relationships with all the accompanying emotions, family loyalty- the man being honorable, the woman vulnerable but not crippled by it. It portrays immigrant life, recycling, waterfront encounters, high-end French restaurants, and my own incredulous amazement that I didn't even notice for most of this French movie that it had English subtitles, it was so easy to watch; just a superb movie! I've never seen anything like it. Wow.

Oct 31, 2020

This is an effective, moving film: one that makes self-reflection almost impossible to avoid.
Amazing directing, acting, editing, soundtrack, pacing. Very moving.

Aug 12, 2020

Who wants to see a sad depressing movie---we need heroes in life , not depression..waste of time.

Jun 25, 2020

Good movie, but really sad. A story about a kid named Chirone and his life, in three phases.

Jun 09, 2020

Well. That was sad.

ArapahoeMary Feb 18, 2020

Without question one of the best movies I've ever seen - quietly moving and beautifully acted, this one will stick with you long after you've finished watching.

Sep 05, 2019

Depressing but wonderful movie. The real settings really help make the movie. Great job by director.

Mar 18, 2019

A coming-of-age movie in a time when coming of age takes longer because of the difficulty and pain. Also, “art house” meets the hood. A much welcome and needed film - not to be missed.

Feb 25, 2019

A heartbreaking and touching movie about a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Great acting for all participating cast. The film had won the Academy Award for Best Movie 2017.

Sep 15, 2018

This is a very touching and beautifully shot film about one boy/man's deep pain and isolation. A creative, powerful film!

Long, pointless, and tedious film that's mediocre at it's best.
I know that I'm supposed to be enthralled by the edginess of a gay Black man in urban Miami, But, none of this is even remotely "edgy" or unfamiliar.
Why I'm supposed to care about any aspect of his excruciatingly boring life is beyond me.

Jul 11, 2018

This Oscar winning movie, Moonlight is 100% deserving of its high status in the film world. This movie tells a beautiful, poignant story of drugs, life in the ghetto, queer identity, young love, and family. The movie follows the life of Chiron, from a young boy to a teenager to an adult, and the life he makes for himself. The focus on key events in Chiron’s life is especially effective in creating a focal point around the main themes of the story. This movie managed to touch on so many important issues in such a personal and nuanced way, a shocking feat. I would hope most people have already watched Moonlight but I would recommend it to anyone who has denied themselves the absolute pleasure of watching this movie. Overall, I love this movie and I cannot say enough good things about it. 5/5
@nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This movie follows important milestones and defining moments in the life of Chiron - a young black man growing up in Miami. The quote “it takes a village to raise a child” rings true in this story as the community as a whole plays a major role in his upbringing. He must tackle issues with his own identity as well as the behaviour and actions of his mother and the people around him. He must also learn how to handle being a minority male who also happens to be gay. This movie is something that has never been seen before and deeply explores what it means to be a human. I would rate this film 4.5/5 stars.
@The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 10, 2018

Well made film. Part 1 was a bit slow as the main character didn’t speak much at all.

Mar 05, 2018

Though the first 35 minutes or so were very hushed, the film was compelling and the storytelling was strong. My connection to the narrative did drop off, admittedly, once the homosexual narrative was introduced and then I almost felt the movie just sort of ended. I didn't feel I had much to work with or take from the film when it was all said and done. I felt for the character, especially at the beginning, but then slowly but surely it faded. Especially as a grown and rugged man, seemingly disconnected from his past, even the clear and necessary attempt to put bring the story full circle didn't work fully for me.

In the special features, it was remarked how well the three different actors (for the same, growing protagonist character) 'seamlessly' transitioned and were able to subtly portray the reality of this being the same young boy growing up. I would disagree. May not be the actors' fault as much as the script itself, but either way I enjoyed the beginning of the film and disliked it by the end. But still interesting, with some moving portrayals of a rough upbringing and trying to make it work

Feb 09, 2018

Beautiful, perfectly paced, with incredible acting and cinematography. After watching it a second time I found it equally powerful. More than worthy of best picture. The attention to detail is remarkable: imbuing every shot with the humanity of the characters, the composition and focus on color in every shot, the small facial expressions, the soundtrack, the presence of place, the tracking of each character over time. More than earned it's 5 stars from me.

Slow, uninspired, and retread cinematic shots that ultimitely lead nowhere.
The acting is mediocre, the pace moves at a snails crawl, and I really couldn't make a connection with the protagonist.
He's lifeless and uninteresting.
Why this win Best Picture I will never know.

Jan 31, 2018

I was shocked this movie won best picture , maybe most boring picture would be more fitting.

Jan 21, 2018

Great movie! I can see why it won Best Movie of the year!
I really felt Chirron's pain from a child, teenager & adult.
I didn't see how anyone thought he would be gay when he was a child. I thought the bully might be gay & he didn't want others to know & that's why he picked on Chirron.

Dec 30, 2017

A good movie but Best Movie of the Year? I don't think so. I will say that the lady who played Chiron's mother deserved a Best Supporting Actress nomination and I hope she got one.

LPL_TriciaK Dec 28, 2017

This movie won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture in 2017, and it's very clear why. The film beautifully depicts the triumph of resiliency over heartbreak in this exploration of a young African-American boy challenged and tested in every aspect of his life - family, classmates, neighborhood. A *must-see* film that you won't easily forget.

Dec 16, 2017

I did not expect to be entertained with this award winning film, however I did not expect to be so assaulted or wounded with the language. Give me 4 letter words over the big n - the worst word in any language. Definitely a perspective on the lives of millions of people almost living within touching range and one I struggle to understand despite my proximity.

For me this was somewhat disappointing, slow, painful. The performance by Mahershala Ali was persuasive & fascinating. His absence in the 2nd stage was confusing, hardly any explanation, just gone. His character in Hidden Figures was a polar opposite. The female actors, Monae, was brief & Harris was excellent.

The struggle of Chiron must be endured by countless young men, regardless of skin color. His abandonment & need for love was palpable.

Nov 25, 2017

I loved the actors and the storyline. I like the transition from adolescence to teens, but not like the "adult" phase. It was like it was an afterthought of the movie and I was quite disappointed. There was something lackluster about this movie and I just cant put my finger on it. Maybe it was the directing, maybe it was something else. Overall, I enjoyed this.

Nov 14, 2017

This is a film to watch again if I am ever feeling sorry for myself. A beautiful, thought-provoking story that deepens my gratitude for kindness. As blue as I get, I may never be as blue as that boy in the moonlight.

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