“Moonlight” is a 2016 coming-of-age film written and directed by Barry Jenkins and based on the semi-autobiographical play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney. It stars Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Janelle Monae, Ashton Sanders, Jherrel Jerome, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali. The film showcases the life of a young gay African American man in three acts: as a youth, adolescent, and young adult. It explores the challenges he has while developing his identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he went through growing up. This coming-of-age story is not a comedy/drama like so many are, it is more of a moody drama. The story is about finding identity and connection in a world that can be very lonely. This is a film that is slow in the way it shows us what it wants. The camera lingers on its subjects for effect. It locks you into its tone and keeps you there. It is like a blues song in movie form. The film won the Academy for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ali), Best Adapted Screenplay (Jenkins), and was nominated for a total of eight Oscars.
The Beer Lover’s Guide To The Movies pairs this film with Georgetown Brewing’s Lucille IPA. This American-style India Pale Ales has an ABV of 7.0%. It pours orange with a short head on it that leave laces all over the glass. This is an exceptionally smooth beer that taste of tropical fruits with a touch pine, hay, and grain. It is very well balanced and has a thicker mouth feel to it with an easy finish. This beer, which could be named for famed blues musician B.B. King’s guitar, will strike all the notes for you. The beer and film together are like being in the same concert hall with two famed blues musicians locked in a slow jam that are playing just for you.