Must-watch movies on Netflix: Moonlight
Release Year: 2016
Directed By: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashtone Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali
You might best remember Moonlight as the movie that won Best Picture at the Academy Awards after La La Land has mistakenly been announced as the winner. But it’s a far more important movie than some silly award show snafu. Based on the unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight centers on the coming-of-age and life of Chiron, a young Black man growing up in Miami and coming to terms with his identity. Chiron’s journey takes him through various experiences of love and loss in three pivotal stages of his life.
Moonlight emerged from 2016 as one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year with its near-perfect 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On top of its critical wins, the film was a box office hit, raking in over $65 million worldwide against a meager budget of at most $1.5 million. Of course, Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture (as well as two additional Oscars), making it both the first film with all-Black cast and the first LGBTQ+ film to take home the prestigious top prize. Moonlight tells a brilliant story everyone should hear and should not miss on Netflix.