As I still try to wrap my head around how absolutely wonderful the film Moonlight was, I can’t help but think about all of the vibrant colors, and incredible use of camera movement that helped make this film so different and so impactful. The use of handheld cameras that evoke a feeling of movement in such a silent film, along with the constant use of colors that signify the protagonist feelings make this film visually distinctive and charming. I absolutely loved the way the film presented the characters three stages of growth and change.
Moonlight does something that I feel I haven’t seen before; it depicts the being poor and black in America in a different way than I am use to witnessing. As Farihah Zaman and Nicolas Rapold point out,“Moonlight takes back these shared points of human experience so that they might reside in black communities and be borne out by black bodies, in a time when such depictions are still rare in independent cinema.” The idea of being black and gay in a tough community has many times been depicted, but this film is less about the consequences and actions of that but more about the experience of growing up and being in love. Jenkins is able to make the story about being different and finding your place as time goes on, and the effects your surroundings could have on your life. Overall, I feel Moonlight was incredibly powerful and did a fantastic job of depicting so many peoples untold story.