A vibrant and pained coming of age diary. Resilient voice, embracing photography. The cast clearly respects the content, and Barry Jenkins manages to capture fully-fleshed, nuanced performances. Some parts struggle or hit the nail on the head. I enjoyed the third chapter's cathartic elatedness, Wong Kar Wai feels. Trevante Rhodes cemented this endearing character piece, subtly picking up weight and landing it.
4.1 stars. Relentlessly sincere but with the poetry, compassion and sheer acting chops (especially of André Holland and Naomi Harris) to pull it off. I really appreciated how James Laxton's cinematography allowed the viewer to intimately experience Chiron/Blacks' emotional embodiment in the world and water. A lovely film though I'm neurotic enough to have spent the erotic scene worrying about the actors' ages, sadly.
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
simple but very complex story. a different view on the same problem. but very dramatic and honest. sometimes it seems like the scenes were cut. sometimes it works for the movie, but in the end i had a feeling like words were nor pronounced, that we've missed them