Moonlight chronicles the life of Chiron as he battles for 20 years with his mother’s drug addiction and his sexuality.
Set in an ugly world, Moonlight is vibrantly shot. Chiron’s a guarded, non-communicative character but the intimate camerawork, loaded with close-ups, allows us to walk in his shoes.
Jenkins splits his story into three chapters – the first two are undoubtedly the strongest. Focusing on Chiron’s troubled adolescence and ‘coming out’, the young actors deliver huge performances.
The final chapter is disappointing, drifting through to a silent, anti-climactic end. This undoes the great work before it, leaving Moonlight feeling a tad unsatisfying.