Loved the movie “Moonlight”

On Friday we went to the movie Moonlight, and saw it at the Sundance theater, where we can have a cocktail and a pizza with our movie.  I loved that movie, and here is why:

  • The performances.  From top to bottom, amazing.  All were great, but I really loved the performance of the grown up Shyrell(?, the main character), who did a great job of being street tough and hardened one moment then seeming vulnerable and that lost little boy again the next minute, mostly in his expressions and mannerisms.
  • The characters.  I loved them all, including the character Blue, the best friend and even the drug addict mom and her speech at the end.
  • The symbolism.  There is a great line, where the drug dealer tells the boy how when he was younger an old woman started calling him “Blue” because he looked blue in the moonlight.  “Do you still go by Blue?” the boy asked.  “You can’t let anyone else tell you who you are,” the man said.  The rest of the movie, I was noticing the spots of blue everywhere.  My favorite was when the mom was bathed in red light as she yelled, then that red light turned to blue when she closed the door – wow!
  • The feelings.  I felt sadness when I realized the drug dealer had died.  I was touched by the way he’d reached out to the boy, and so was touched when I realized he was dead.  The whole movie was touching.
  • The subtle way the movie was pulled together.  When the drug dealer told the boy you can’t let anyone tell you who you are when the boy asked if the drug dealer went by “Blue,” then when the boy asked the drug dealer if he (the boy) was gay and the drug dealer said the boy would just know one day if he were or weren’t, then when the grown up friend came out putting on the blue sweater – I was amazed at the subtle way the director put that all together without putting it in our face.  Amazing.

It was a wonderful movie.  One that I continue to think about two days later.

 

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Loved the movie “Moonlight”

3 thoughts on “Loved the movie “Moonlight”

  1. drewkiercey says:

    And I also liked how young Little walked away when he realized that the man he’d come to admire was a drug dealer. He sold drugs, the one thing that was ruining his mother. Then when he grows older he becomes a drug dealer. He realized its not so much “you have to decide who you gonna be” but when you are black and marginalised, your environment decides what you gonna be.

    This movie is so many things for so many people esp. since nothing is explicit– eg, the drug dealer dies and that that was implied– it opens up a space for you to fit so much of your own life, your own piece of the human condition into it.

    Moonlight is LIFE to me.
    Beautiful film and wonderful observations.

    — Blessings

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    1. I love — and agree with — your comments!

      On a related note, when my class was reading Dante’s “Inferno” in graduate school we were asked who we might put in hell if we were writing a book in modern times. Several students mentioned “Gang members” and “Drug dealers.” After the third person mentioned this I had to stand up and make a comment (which I don’t usually do) that in a private college post-graduate class it is easy to pass judgement on people in gangs and selling drugs, but if you grow up in certain areas those things are not only “the norm” but your primary economic opportunity. We all expect people to be that one in a million person who pulls themselves up against all odds and gets a high-paying job after growing up poor in urban projects instead of doing all we can to make sure the 99% have equal opportunity.

      I love your comments! Thank you very much for sharing!

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      1. drewkiercey says:

        AHHHH! Thank you for standing up, using your voice, explaining and telling the truth. We need more empathy in the world indeed. #MuchRespect #BIGUP

        — Blessings

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