By Angie Raphael

4 stars

Unique films can be difficult to come by these days, but Moonlight offers a new perspective into the lives of drug addicts and criminals, and youths trying to break free from the vicious cycle. The bittersweet story is explored relatively well by writer/director Barry Jenkins – although there are some unanswered questions – and most importantly, it is all handled sensitively. Moonlight is told in three parts, chronicling the life of gay black male Chiron (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes) from childhood to adulthood in Miami. Unfortunately, the camera work was terrible, including too many close-ups and hand-held vision. No doubt the cinematography was carefully planned out, but it just did not work. The three leads, on the other hand, are wonderful and look similar too. The supporting cast are also solid. Moonlight's most powerful aspect is its story and it is an important one worth depicting on film.