WEEKEND MOVIE REVIEWS! “MOONLIGHT” vs “LA LA LAND” (The Best Picture Debate Prt.1)

Greetings Ladies and Gentelnerds, and welcome to a Special Edition of WEEKEND MOVIE REVIEWS! 

Every since the Oscars Best Picture debacle, 

I found myself very curious about these two films. “Did The Right Movie Win?” My hat was not in either of thier respective corners, but i have been interested in watching them in my own time. But i wanted to answer this question to myself. So This week is gonna be a two part movie review.

I saw “Moonlight” First. So.. I will start there. (SPOILERS POSSIBLE)

THE STORY: 
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. 

The story structure itself reminded me a lot of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ as in, How it told a period of time in the life of the main character throught the years of his life. From Childhood, Teen age and Adulthood. It is a solid film. From beginning to end. It opened my eyes to the African American Gay Community, and how difficult it could be for a black man to be comfortable with who they are when thier own community can be so against them. Its sad and frustrating to see, even as a straight hispanic man. I have a 1 favorite part in the whole film.. After being beaten by a close friend because of the cowardly workings of a school bully, The main character comes back to school the next day, and cracks the bull upside the back with a chair! I loved every second of that scene.

THE CAST:  is in top form. Mahershala Ali’s character.. Was, unfortunately, in the film for a very short period of time. The main character, (Known as Little, Chiron and Black through the three stages of his life) Played by Alex R. Hibbbert (Little) Ashton Sanders (Chiron) and Trevante Rhodes (Black) was the key focal point while every one else felt more like players in the story. That is not to say the acting wasn’t wonderful.. It just, for me, i didnt care as much about them. 

THE POSITIVES: Great Story. Solid acting. Great pacing. Nicely shot and directed. Great Message.

THE NEGATIVES: The director had an annoying habit of shooting certain scenes in a constant, one take circle. I almost felt dizzy. Some bad editting choices at certain parts. Mahershala Ali should have had a much more longer, more prolific role. He deserved the Oscar.. But i wanted more.

OVERALL:
A beautiful film. An important film. All around well done. I give “MOONLIGHT” a score of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 7/10. Worth seeing for any socially conscious Human Being!

Stay Tuned For Prt 2. “LA LA LAND” 

Until Next time folks.. Peace Out!

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