I'm not sure where to even start with this one. There are so many scenes done in such a unique way that I haven't seen before. It's a tough movie to talk about since I went in not knowing a single thing other than the title, so I wouldn't want to spoil any plot surprises.
It's weird that I saw this in the same year I saw Closet Monster because this is the perfected version of the other.
It is almost as good as Boyhood and follows the same idea of a young man finding himself over various stages of his life (but this time with different actors). Speaking of which there are so many incredible performances, it's tough to single out specific ones. Alex Hibbert playing young Little is amazing, as are many others.
Honestly guys, I think this is one of the very best movies of the year. I need someone else to see it to discuss the ending with me. I'm not sure I've ever yearned this badly for an epilogue before.
You know how Grand Theft Auto IV tried to offer some skin-deep insight into the modern-day African-American experience through Franklin? Well... Moonlight will take you 100 fathoms deeper, to put it lightly. You will feel it.
Highly recommended. Get ready to be challenged.
Heart rating: 5 stars (it just doesn't get better than this for moving you)
Brain rating: 4.5 stars