Naomie Harris

"Moonlight" is a vital, magical portrait of identity

'Moonlight' is a vital, magical portrait of identity

Before "Moonlight" even begins, Boris Gardiner's "Every Nigger Is A Star" plays over production company logos, immediately telegraphing the uniquely black narrative about to unfold. Much has been made about Barry Jenkins' sophomore directorial effort and its relevance to filmic diversity—"Moonlight" is an island unto itself, presenting blackness as a mere matter of fact, not some bold new act. There are no white speaking roles to be found anywhere in its two-hour running time, but just like the film's portrayal of masculinity, this isn't intended to be daring, rather, it just is. In "Moonlight," Jenkins has captured the world...