Ava DuVernay’s series is a handsomely mounted dramatization, but it often veers into the trite, obvious, and maudlin.
Netflix will release the series on May 31.
After a certain point, Olivia Newman’s film treats the womanhood of its main character as an afterthought.
Moonlight’s unlikely success hopefully implies that the world has yet to slide entirely down a rabbit hole of unbridled bigotry.
What tends to right Moonlight, even when Jenkins’s style drifts into indulgence, is the strength of its actors.
The acting in Moonlight elevates the clichés of Barry Jenkins’s script into something approaching lived truth.