Continuing our quest to see films that might be 2016 Oscar nominated films, Sharon and I went to Moonlight at the Palladio Luxe in Folsom. Over the last couple of years, we have tried to guess in December and early January which films will be nominated.
I was very impressed with the theater. It opened in November and has full bar, plush cocktail lounge, a full menu and service available to the theater seats. We are definitely going back. Kevin Johnson and his wife Michelle Rhee were in the theater...
I was less impressed with the film. The film is based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The play draws from McCraney's memories of his own search for identity as a queer youth in Miami's poor and tough Liberty City neighborhood. The first third of the movie is actually filmed in Liberty City. The director, Barry Jenkins, also grew up in Liberty City.
Mahershala Ali has a major role in the first third of the film. He appears as Remy Danton in House of Cards which we have been watching.
Evaluating the movie for the best picture Oscar, I rank Moonlight behind the other three films that we have seen [La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Fences]. The last twenty minutes are very slow.