To be fair, posting generic content while making duck lips at the camera is what got this girl 150,000 instagram followers.
Perhaps there is a lesson here.
If you're looking for fairness and equality, Hollywood probably isn't your place!
Fair enough, I appreciate your perspective and rebuttal!
I still disagree on the soft focus shots ;) but the rest I'm willing to be more open minded about. Thanks for the reply.
Many shots are out of focus! I can't be the only one that noticed this. The opening shot (spinning around Juan) looked like a first year film school student was operating the camera. It is certainly not up to the highest cinematography standards of our industry.
The directing was poor because the character development was minimal, and many of the characters, including the adult Chiron, were stereotypes. The fact that his character barely uttered a word was an "artsy" way of covering up lack of character development. Having your main character stare at other actors in silence isn't art, it's laziness.
Worse was the directorial decisions surrounding Juan, one of the most compelling figures in the movie, who totally disappears from the film with a vague reference about a funeral. That's simply sloppy directing.
The editing was also lazy. So many scenes lingered on an empty frame, that it made me think they were afraid to cut a shot.
Don't get me wrong: the subject matter of the film was compelling and extremely pertinent to current American culture and civic rights, which I respect. BUT, I think we are doing a disservice to these important issues by holding up a mediocre film as the best representation of some of the most under represented classes of our society.
The industry can and should and needs to do better.
The Moonlight PR team deserves an Oscar for elevating an average indie film up to Oscar nominations.
The only elements holding that movie back from true greatness are the same categories it's nominated for!
Moonlight was a great movie despite the fact that it was poorly shot, poorly directed and edited in an amateur fashion.
With a more talented production team, that movie could have become a classic.
Instead, it's being awarded for politically correct reasons. Which is a shame, because the subject matter and story deserve SO much more than it was given in that film.
Seriously. Why can't they just call it an awesome and influential film festival, which it is, instead of insisting that its "indie," which it most certainly isn't.