I grew up in a very poor black neighborhood in the 80's and NOBODY dressed the way the characters did. The housing was not anything like portrayed here. The relationship between crack heads and the dope dealers was not real here either. I never remember anyone questioning a 6-8 year old about their sexuality either. The gay black men that I remember had very feminine and promiscuous. This movie is way off base upon reality and written by someone who did not have any idea as to what really happened. Some one is trying to soften the reality of growing up poor and the life of a junkie.
'Best movie of the year' hype is a bit of an overstatement. Solid character study. Nicely filmed. Well acted. Interesting mix of soundtrack.
I have already seen this movie twice and am hoping to go see it a third and fourth time. It's an absolute knockout. When the movie ends, you'll wish there was at least another half hour. A very poignant and thought-provoking film experience. And what a cast and musical score ... MASTERPIECE!
Best movie I have seen in YEARS ... an instant classic. Gorgeous storytelling that never tries to shove any message or agenda down your throat. If you're into car chases, explosions and special effects - stay away. If you're into character studies, this is the movie for you.
Very slow, really not much of a story line. About being gay kinda. Would not recommend. Can't see how anyone gave it 5 stars.
Its time that the movies actually represent struggles real people go through. LOVED! approach and the open-endedness of the film. Definitely re-watching!
Elegant and knowing treatment of how difficult it is to grow up gay in hyper-masculine cultures without becoming hard and disillusioned or worse. This film suggests rather than exploits the problems and uses cinematography to mediate the expression for viewers, softening and making iconic by turns. Uses a delayed audio feature that is worthy of further consideration. Occasionally pious and stereotypical but that doesn't seem to undermine the effort. Very internal story. Requires commitment from viewers but film gives much in return.
get out your brooms people; Moonlight will sweep the Oscars!
One of the top 3 or 4 movies I saw at TIFF this year, I can't wait to see it a 2nd time when it comes out soon.