"I have also been told from time to time that 'I just don't get it'. Well, last night watching Moonlight, I 'just did not get it'. I will watch Sound of Music or Exodus over today's movies any day of the week, and twice on Sundays."
I will be the first to admit that my wife and I don't follow the latest and greatest coming out of Holly Weird. In fact, I can't stand the plastic life styles of the rich and famous Lefties who inhabit that town. Anyhow, now that we are home from Florida, we are way behind on watching just about anything.
We decided to purchase a rental from VUDU. Usually when we have to negotiate on what type of movie to watch, we either agree to disagree and end up watching nothing, or my wife will acquiesce to my male yearnings for action, space or war. So last night it came down to watching Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester by the Sea, Fences, or the Best Picture of 2017 - Moonlight. I agreed to Moonlight as both of us wanted to see what all the buzz and controversy was about.
About halfway through the movie, my wife turned to me and said she was about ready to turn it off. Truthfully, I was ready after about fifteen minutes from the start. But I wanted to see it through to conclusion, and told my wife so. My wife was wise to my motives however. "You just want to write about this tomorrow morning, don't you?" Guilty, I responded. It was so bad, it would make good grist for a juicy blog post.
This is not a spoiler alert, so settle down. It was about this young black boy growing up. It had everything in it that Lefties love and most on the Right rail against. Smoking, swearing, sex, violence, drugs, the "n" said about 100 times, and some man on man romance. The movie was dark and depressing. There really was no message. No pathos. No nothing. It was $6 that I would love to have back.
Now the rumor is that last year during the Academy Awards, many black actors were upset that the awards turned out so "white". Will Smith and his wife threatened to boycott this year's awards. In fact, the tag line for last year's awards once they were over was "all white, all night". Some think Moonlight was "payback" for what happened last year. I don't know if it was or was not. All I know is this - it does not matter if the movie had an all black cast, an all white cast, or a combination of the two - it stunk.
When I think back to how movies used to be decades ago, it saddens me to see the garbage which is produced today. Many movies today are vapid, insipid and devoid of anything of merit. Parents who are trying to raise their kids right today would not dare take their kids to see 90% of the movies currently made. Most are just plain garbage.
Maybe I am just dense. That's fine - I have been called that in the past. I have also been told from time to time that "I just don't get it". Well, last night watching Moonlight, I "just did not get it". I will watch movies like the Sound of Music or Exodus over today's movies any day of the week, and twice on Sundays.