Baz’s review published on Letterboxd:
From the opening scene of Moonlight I had a feeling that I was in for something special. Perhaps I wasn't ready for just how special.
Barry Jenkins directs with a subtle and dignified approach, allowing the story to grow naturally, and the actors with it. The use of differentiating music is also something that is worth paying close attention to. It can be very gentile, then quickly becomes very masculine.
The i, ii, and iii part idea is one of the strongest points of the film. Each part has a begining, a middle and an end. Thus highlighting poingnant moments from Chiron's life at that time. As he grows, we grow with him. Feeling his pains, his burdens, and his love. Each actor who played Chiron does an impeccable job of showcasing the pathos of each arc, really pulling the viewer in.
Naomie Harris plays Chiron's addict mother with such conviction that I actually forgot that she is a British actress! Each scene she manages to turn it up a notch, so by the time her arc comes to a close you're right there with her.
There's such an energetic glow to the film; the use of different shades of light reflect the feelings of the characters on screen at that moment, or possibly used as an emotive tool. Either way it works to great affect - affect?
Moonlight might lack a little with pacing, but I challenge you to see a deeper more proficient drama this year. It's a worthy contender at this year's Academy Awards.