Who said a movie with a majority black cast can’t win awards unless the main character plays a maid or a crack addict?
Moonlight is about a black boy named Chiron who grows up in a rough part of Miami and finally accepts his homosexuality after longing for a boyhood pal.
Moonlight stars Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe and Naomie Harries as Paula, Chiron’s crackhead single mom.
Chiron (played by 3 actors from childhood to adult) is bullied unmercifully by neighborhood thugs, mostly for his small stature and his effeminate nature.
Mahershala Ali plays Juan, the sympathetic neighborhood drug dealer who acts as a father figure to Chiron and teaches the boy to swim.
Monáe plays Juan’s empathetic girlfriend Teresa, who provides Chiron with a safe home away from home.
The following is a quote from a Wikipedia review:
“The only other person Chiron seems to find comfort and companionship in is his best friend Kevin (Jaden Piner), and their sexuality begins to bud when they stay after a dancing class during school to show their genitals to each other.”
Moonlight didn’t do well at the box office for obvious reasons (it grossed $8 million since opening day in October). But the critics are raving about Moonlight, Hollywood’s pet project of the moment.
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