In the moonlight, Black boys look blue

Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins and originally written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, is one of this year’s most critically acclaimed movies. The film has been named a big contender for the 2017 Oscars and is a direct challenge to the #OscarsSoWhite trending topic that took over Twitter last year. A poignant reflection on black masculinity, my first thought after watching this movie was, “I want to watch that again.” Moonlight is great for several reasons: 1. It presents a complicated and realistic look at Black masculinity – in other words, it does NOT follow stereotypes; 2. The actors are all brilliant – especially Mahershala Ali, a man with a contagious smile, who is now my favourite actor; and 3. It’s a wonderful love story – at its core, Moonlight is about two people falling in love and the ups and downs that happen in any relationship. Homosexuality is the main topic at hand in this movie, as well as drug addiction, poverty, systemic racism and how people build trust. I read the reflection by Amanda Parris of CBC on the movie and learned more about the response of Black men to this film. Hilton Als of the New Yorker wrote a brilliant review that solidifies this film’s contribution to history. This film is worth seeing again, again and again – I know I plan to.


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