Review: Moonlight | The Fountain
This years Golden Globes threw a surprise up in the air; Moonlight as winner of Best Drama. I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about the movie or its writer and director, Barry Jenkins, and after a brief look at its synopsis I thought I’d be in for a heart-wrenching two hour viewing. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight is the story of Chiron’s (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes) coming of age, his struggles with his drug-abusing cold-hearted mother and his inner turmoil of confusion at the realisation of his own sexuality. Taken in from the cold by local drug-runner, Juan (Mahershala Ali), Chiron finds comfort in Juan’s father-like figure. From Chiron’s troubled childhood we move to his troubled teenage years and eventually to his late-twenties, a tale told in three confined acts.
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