ANATOMY OF SCENE
The plot follows five teens as they spend their Saturday in detention together. The five come from different backgrounds: John Bender, which considers The Criminal; Claire Standish, The Princess; Brian Johnson The Brain; Andy Clark The Athlete; and Allison Reynolds, The Basket Case. Mr. Vernon, the school’s disciplinary principal, assigns them all a mission. They were to write an essay” on who they think they are and the violations they committed to end up in Saturday detention.
Bender, the group’s ostensible delinquent, is immediately abusive to his peers, acting out many times. He spent most of his time bullying and harassing Claire, Andrew, and brian. He spent the majority of his time harassing Claire, Andrew, and Brian. They eventually open up to each other as time passes. When they open up to each other, it is revealed that Allison is a compulsive liar, Brian and Claire feel embarrassed about their innocence, and Andy got into trouble because of his abusive father.
They also learn that they have similar problems despite their differences like they all have a poor relationship with their parents. As they learn about each other’s lives, they start feeling compassion towards each other and getting along. They pass the time by dancing, teasing one another, sharing stories, battling, smoking, and discussing various topics.
Moonlight talks about the story of a young boy named Chiron. Chiron has a drug-addicted mother and lives in a dangerous environment. Three separate chapters in Chiron’s life as a young black man in Miami are depicted in the films. He began his childhood as a timid and quiet boy who was bullied by other children and was an outcast.
In the middle of it all, he encounters Juan, an afro-Cuban who supports and directs him and his girlfriend. Juan was a great role model and influence in Chiron’s life, despite his past as a drug dealer; Juan was more trustworthy than his mother, despite his mother’s rejection of Juan because she feared he would lead Chiron down the wrong road.
Then there were his adolescent years when he was still bullied by one specific individual called Terrell. At this point in his life, Many people are aware of his homosexuality. His mother’s addiction has intensified, and he is still cared for by Teresa, even though his mentor Juan is no longer alive. Chiron met his childhood friend Kevin at the beach, and Chiron had his first sexual encounter.
He thought he hoped and could embrace himself for who he is, but that quickly fell apart when Terrel intervenes with a childish game that ruined it for them. After that, Chiron began to doubt his life and began to feel unwelcome because of who he is, so he chooses to leave his neighborhood in fear of not being accepted.
ANALYSIS OF A SCENE FROM MOONLIGHT
\Barry Jenkins, in my opinion, used cinematography to significant effect. When Juan teaches Chiron how to swim, it is one of the most critical scenes in the film. It’s a breathtaking scene to look at. The scene is visually stunning because it perfectly captures Chiron’s upcoming life. He will be swallowed whole and consumed if he does not learn to ride out the incoming waves. He must learn to swim to face the waves ‘’challenges’’ that are about to hit him.
At some point, you’ve got to decide for yourself who you’re going to be,” Juan says to Chiron. It’s a powerful question that helps structure the rest of the film.
The symbolism of this scene is iconic. Chiron is learning to swim, both literally and symbolically — learning to keep his head above the water and keep from drowning. The fact that the camera work makes us feel the tension of trying to stay afloat makes this scene great: that, and every other element.
The framing used in the scene allows us to see the world through Chiron’s eyes. The water continuously splashes up against the lens. Still, it never completely covers the entire screen, creating a visual conflict, as if we are struggling against the waves and barely staying above the surface. While we are not a part of their interaction, the cinematography makes us feel their dynamic.
The scene makes me think about self-worth and our relationship with nature and thus with the divine. True self-worth remains regardless of where we are in ‘the world.’ The shot of the characters in the ocean — their half-submergence demonstrates the sense of bond they share at the moment and their connection to nature and the divine, from which all ‘worth’ exists and bubbles up to the world’s surface.