Genre Guesstimation – Moonlight (2016) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Getter of Mettel Ray and we will be reviewing our favorite LGBTQ+ Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Getter!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of LGBTQ+ Movies..

“You ain’t got to love me, but you gonna know that I love you. ” – Paula

Number of Times Seen – Twice (16 Jan 2017 and 3 Mar 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young black man from a poor neighborhood tries to deal with everything going on around him which gets more complicated by the fact that he is sexually confused.

My Take on it – Most films that won Best Picture are perceived by many people as being quite good, but there are a few which still baffle many people.

Lots of people enjoy this film, but I had lots of trouble with it.

During both of my viewings of this movie, I’ve tried to find the glue that has made things so interesting for people, but haven’t been able to find it.

They have a great premise here but they ruin things by splitting the story up into 3 segments that each feel incomplete.

Each segment deals with different stages of the main character’s life yet it never seems to find the connective tissue between each of these segments.

I believe that this film would have been much better if they had focused on one of the three segments and expanded it into a full fledged story but instead we get three very unsatisfying and incomplete vignettes about this character’s life.

The character isn’t developed well enough along the way and that makes it even harder to care about what will happen to him.

What’s most frustrating with this movie is that I actually understand what they are trying to do but they just don’t manage to get there.

Mahershala Ali won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this film and he truly stands out among the rest of the cast.

It’s unfortunate that he is in a very limited role and I would have been happier if his segment would have been the one to be expanded because perhaps then we would get something much more interesting to watch.

Bottom Line – This is one of the few films that won Best Picture that still baffles me because it just isn’t that good. The film has a great premise but the choice to have three separate segments dealing with the various stages of this character’s life is actually what hurts things more than helps it. Each of these segments would have been better of they had been expanded into a full story, but instead we get three vignettes that just aren’t satisfying enough.  I do understand what they are trying to do here, I just don’t believe that they manage to accomplish it.  Ali is definitely the stand out here and I would have been much happier if the entire film was an expansion of his segment because he is superb in this role.  He was very deserving of his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work here even with his very limited screen time. The main character also isn’t developed well enough for us to care about him which is a shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an interview, Barry Jenkins said that the three actors who play Chiron never met during production. He wanted each of them to build their own persona of Chiron during their respective segments, with no influence from the other portrayals. The same technique was used with the actors who play Kevin. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. The story feels so incomplete and none of the three segments work well enough because they each are only snippets of a life.  The story would have been better if they focused only on one of these segments.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Moonlight (2016) – Encore Review

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