• Joseph Burey

Moonlight (2016) Analysis

Barry Jenkins’ 2016 film, Moonlight illustrates the challenges of being oneself in the face of negative societal influence. In the face of pressures to conform to stereotypes, to portray oneself in a way that is acceptable to others, or simply to survive in a strenuous environment, it can become nearly impossible to remain unbound from society’s shackles of expectation. Because societal influence can force someone to suppress who they are, this person can become molded into someone who is unrecognizable to others and even to themselves. When moments of freedom do arise for these people, it can be like standing under the moonlight by the ocean: While their skin reflects a blue tint, they look different to others but at the same time feel free as the one who stands without a care under the moonlight. Paradoxically, it is in the most vulnerable state of judgment from others for being oneself when a person may feel the most profound sense of freedom.