The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.
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In the end, us boys we all turn into our Fathers. We just want to be held, to be hugged, to be loved, to be desired, to be respected, to be wanted. And loved LOVE is the most beautiful of things. Beach scene might just've entered the top of my list for "Most Romantic & Erotic scene EVER" on film. I did not know you could portray sex, attraction, desire, lust, horniness in such a subtle way. Someone's a Mann's fanboy.
Underdeveloped, cliched, and progressively-problematic. Summary: a shy, gay wimp (homosexual cliche #1) with mommy issues that spring from her crack addiction (homo #2 and race #1) that she buys from the most unthreatening, kind-hearted dealer ever (WTF #1). Character positives are badly conceived generalizations, faults are underwritten gimmicks. Kevin is more dramatically unique than the lead character of Chiron.
A frustrating experience: it feels like an epic character drama, a la "Cinema Paradiso" or "Children of Paradise," that's been shoehorned into a more digestable framework by an overly cautious editor. would not be surprised to learn there's a greatly extended Director's Cut floating around out there somewhere
Objective judgment was impossible in the aftermath of #oscarsowhite, which is unfair because this film was lauded for the wrong, transient reasons instead of the indelible, right ones. The headline is not the inevitable experiences of these young men; it's the luminous cinematography and bated silences that access an unspoken truth that survives even the ravages of fate.
It gives you poetry, loneliness and such beautiful stills - but it's also full of blank spaces that needed to happen. The first and second parts stand out for me, such a subtle take on gay childhood: everything's sensations and touch, exploring the world with so many insecurities, so many questions. It's all about him: Chiron's surrounded by mute spaces, multiple questions and this obscure kind of star light.
Sadly, not for me. First, why did James Laxton's camera so shaking & annoying. Although it is beautiful, very first sequence (that meaningless rolling like Coffee Cup Ride!) makes me feel nausea. Second problem is a discord of plot & style. While first act is about relationship with Chiron/Juan and second & third about that with Chiron/Kevin, [cont]
You understand who's Chiron. He stands out in a audience. Beyond that shell (the physical transformation) you clearly see that it's all a fake, plastic self, he created to hide his fears. And all of that disappears when he reunites with his childhood friend. He's still the same little kid that likes the sound of the waves at night.