Moonlight is a film that only popped onto my radar this week, but after watching this trailer and hearing the insane buzz surrounding the latest film from Barry Jenkins, it's undoubtedly one of my most anticipated of the festival season. It's hard to even put into words how good this looks. A24's Twitter account describes it as a "film about the moments that define us, the people that shape us & the ache of love that can last a lifetime," which seems like the best way to sum up the emotional experience that this trailer provides. While it seems to take a couple of cues from other films, this looks like an ambitious and entirely original creation, something like we've never really seen before. Over at Hollywood Elsewhere, awards writer Jeffrey Wells mentions that he's talked to someone who has seen the film and they described it as "Boyz in the Hood meets Boyhood meets Brokeback Mountain." If that doesn't sound like an appealing combination, I don't know what will. In conclusion, Moonlight looks absolutely devastating and I'm really hoping that I get the chance to catch it at TIFF.
But if not, the film, which stars Trevante Rhodes, Kevin Holland, Mahershala Ali, Naomi Harris, and Janelle Monae, will hit theaters on October 21.
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Source: Hollywood Elsewhere