frank’s review published on Letterboxd:
"At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you're going to be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you."
I have never seen a film so honest, genuine and intimate as Moonlight is. This film is a heartbreaking but beautiful journey of self discovering, about growing up in a toxic place, around toxic people, trying to fit in where you don't belong. I don't even know what to say that hasn't been said before, so this review might be a little too personal.
Since I'm a little kid, I've never really fit in anything that many of my fellows could. Just as Chiron (Little), I wasn't interested in sports, groups of people or basic things that normal kids would do. I was bullied for that; and not only at school, but at home too. Growing up you start realizing a lot of things - as Chiron does - and you might get a little confused. Self-discovering is a really hard thing to do, and even more when you grow up around people that just don't understand you. I felt like "Little" as a kid, and I actually relate to Chiron as an adolescent. I think we all have felt like him; misunderstood, insecure, overwhelmed. And even if you haven't, Moonlight makes you feel like you have. This film is so pure.
Maybe the story about growing up in bad places and not fiting in has been told a lot times before in many films; but not the way Moonlight does. We need more stories like Moonlight. People need to see this film. People need to understand it. People need to change their minds about a lot of things. This is the most important film of 2016. Moonlight deserves all the praise and attention is getting, and I'm glad I'm alive to witness something so beautiful like this one.