9Fest Brian Bennett reviews MOONLIGHT (2016) (66) – MEDIOCRE
Numbers up system – 99 Excellent, 96 Very Good, 69 Good, 66 Mediocre
Mahershala Ali as Juan
Shariff Earp as Terrence
Duan’Sandy’ Sanderson as Azu
Alex R. Hibbert as Little
Janelle Monáe as Teresa
Naomie Harris as Paula
André Holland as Kevin
Sometimes the hype and reviews make expectations for a film mile high. I enjoy Mahershala Ali very much and look forward to his work. However, MOONLIGHT felt like I was watching the title of the film – Moonlight. That’s what it was.
While I could understand what Barry Jenkins wanted to do in the film, I don’t think he was able to do it. MOONLIGHT didn’t seem authentic. It didn’t work.