"in the moonlight black boys look blue"
MOONLIGHT is a small film with a huge message.
I sometimes get these feelings about films even before I see them, that they're destined to greatness.
moonlight is an immediate modern day classic. it will go down in cinematic history as being the first of its genre. Not that films about black gay youth have not been seen. it's been done before. not that films about coming out haven't been created. Numerous films including Brokeback Moutain have done so. The much needed genre of Moonlight- that of a coming of age romance of a black gay male follows the classic storytelling formula, but it is all new.
Moonlight is groundbreaking in that it gives voice to the minority in a way the majority cannot deny. What Brokeback Mountain, My Beautiful Laundurette and numerous films could'nt attain was mainstream acceptance. The time was not yet there.
This time mainstream will get it... and they will love it.
BTW- Moonlight is easily the best film of 2016.
I cried three times.
Impacted by what I saw- I went next door in the generic movie complex and watched the remaining screening of GIRL ON A TRAIN, ( which I don't recommend) then came back and watched a second screening of Moonlighting. Once again I cried in those same three scenes.
The cinematography is beautiful by James Laxton. the writing is beautiful by Tarell McCraney,
the score is beautiful by Nicholas Brittel, the directing is beautiful by Barry Jenkins and the acting...
can we talk about the acting!
There are so many great performances. As a whole all the cast is excellent.
Naomie Harris as Paula- the mother will win an oscar.
Aston Sanderson as teen-age Chiron will win an oscar- he has to at least be nominated.
Mahershala Ali as Juan- the drug dealing father figure is excellent.
I also loved him in House of Cards.
Jharrel Jerome -as Kevin age 16- is excellent.
Trevante Rhodes as the adult "Black" is excellent.
Andre Holland as the adult Kevin is excellent.
The last scene- between them is so honest, it's enough to make the most jaded of us give love another chance.
|Tarell McCraney||...||(story by) (as Tarell Alvin McCraney)|
Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)
|Alex R. Hibbert|
Little (as Alex Hibbert)
|Herman 'Caheei McGloun|
Portable Boy 1
Portable Boy 2
Portable Boy 3
Old School Guard
Gang Member (uncredited)
|Sarah Esberg||...||executive producer|
|Tarell McCraney||...||executive producer (as Tarell Alvin McCraney)|
|John Montague||...||associate producer|
|Brad Pitt||...||executive producer|
Film Editing by
Production Design by
Art Direction by
Set Decoration by
|Regina McLarney||...||(as Regina McLarney Crowley)|
Costume Design by
|Caroline Eselin||...||(as Caroline Eselin-Schaefer)|
|Doniella Davy||...||makeup department head|
|Gianna Sparacino||...||head hair|
|Jennifer Radzikowski||...||unit production manager|
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
|Roger Mendoza||...||second assistant director|
|Yvonne Aja||...||assistant property master|
|Robert Crowley||...||additional lead man (as Robert P. Crowley)|
|Ryan Crowley||...||additional lead man|
|Clark Grimes||...||assistant property master|
|Becca Kenyon||...||property master|
|Jeremy Koenig||...||lead man|
|Keiter Liriano||...||art department intern|
|Joshua Adeniji||...||supervising sound editor|
|Julio Alvarez||...||boom operator|
|Christopher Bonis||...||sound effects editor|
|Ryan Briley||...||adr & dialogue editor|
|Micaela Cain||...||foley mixer|
|Benjamin Gieschen||...||foley editor|
|Chris Giles||...||sound mixer|
|James Parnell||...||assistant sound editor|
Visual Effects by
|Betty Cameron||...||visual effects artist|
|Dirk Greene||...||visual effects artist|
|Alek Rost||...||visual effects producer|
Camera and Electrical Department
|David Bornfriend||...||still photographer|
|Libor Cevelik||...||steadicam operator: day player|
|Joseph B. Dare||...||camera operator|
|Andy Futo||...||best boy|
|John Galindez||...||best boy grip|
|David Lanes||...||key grip|
|Rusty Pouch||...||rigging gaffer|
|Stéphane Renard||...||first assistant camera|
|Anthony Schrader||...||key grip|
|Osvaldo Silvera Jr.||...||steadicam operator|
|Billy Wells||...||second assistant camera|
|Madeleine Escarne||...||background casting assistant|
|Monica Sorelle||...||background casting|
Costume and Wardrobe Department
|Fernando Rodriguez||...||wardrobe supervisor|
|Alex Bickel||...||digital intermediate colorist|
|Claudia Guevara||...||digital intermediate producer|
|Daniel Orentlicher||...||digital intermediate assist|
|Nicholas Britell||...||musician: piano / orchestrator / score produced by|
|John Finklea||...||music consultant|
|Marguerite Phillips||...||music supervisor (as Maggie Phillips)|
|Thomas Vicari||...||Music Scoring Mixer|
|Bryan Angarita||...||production assistant|
|Dominique N. Butler||...||insurance broker|
|Kristina Chiu||...||production counsel|
|Robert Colom||...||production assistant|
|André Des Rochers||...||production counsel|
|Pedro M. Guillen||...||production coordinator|
|Debbi L. Klopman||...||immigration legal|
|Nicole Wulf Maldonado||...||intern|
|Dawn McLeod||...||craft service|
|Sebastian Pardo||...||title design|
|Linda Pilgrim||...||craft service|
|Laura Pinto||...||additional script supervisor|
|John Portnoy||...||production services|
|Danniel Rodriguez||...||assistant: Barry Jenkins / production assistant|
|Matthew Romanski||...||production assistant|
|Anita Surendran||...||production counsel|
|Melinda Taksen||...||script supervisor|
|Melinda Tasken||...||script supervisor|
|Nick Thurlow||...||production services|
|Todd Williams||...||production services|