HOLLYWOOD – Awards front runner Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight came in for criticism for not casting the original Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis in the remake.

Moonlight is a beautiful film, but many have criticized the reboot of the 1980s romantic detective show for not including the original stars.

Moonlighting expert Bacala Simone told the Studio Exec:

Lots of people criticize Moonlight because of the changes of emphasis and tone. Instead of a detective agency, you have the streets of Miami. Instead of David and Maddy, you have a young black man struggling with his sexuality. They even changed the name from Moonlighting to the snappier Moonlight. But the complete absence of Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Why not have them in small role? It seemed insulting to the legacy.

Such are the differences in fact that many viewers don’t even know that the film is a remake of the popular TV show. Barry Jenkins explains:

That was actually intentional. We felt people were too tired of the reboots and remakes and so when we got the green light, we started quietly tossing out all the elements we could. Shifting emphasis.

What about Bruce and Cybill? Were they involved?

Actually yes. We gave them a scene in which they play their roles as David and Maddy doing some detective work in Little’s school. But when we watched the footage we all agreed that it was jarring. It will be included on the DVD extras though. Who knows? We might have a special Moonlighting edition come out.

Moonlight is currently on release.


REVIEW – Boyhood meets Brokeback Mountain meets Boys n’ the Hood is a terrible description of Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.

A portrait of young gay black man coming of age in Miami is a wonderful and serious movie that needs to be seen. Divided into three chapters, the film begins with Chiron “Little” (Alex R. Hibbert), a boy whose life is dominated by his addict mother (Naomie Harris) and bullying school mates. He finds an unlikely ally in Juan (Mahershala Ali), a local drug dealer who takes pity on the kid and offers guidance as well as swimming lessons. Along with his partner Teresa (Janelle Monáe), Little finally has a safe space.

The film is built on ellipses and we are never explicitly given any motivation for Juan’s kindness. Crucial events also occur between the lines as we skip ahead to the teenaged Chiron (Ashton Sanders). But his problems continue with his harsh environment and the constant threat of violence. Finally, the grown Chiron has become a survivor, hard and as inflexible as scar tissue.

Based on Tarell Alvin McCrane’s stage play, Jenkins has created an intensely personal film about the cost of survival. Without detracting from the sun soaked delights of La La Land, it’s instructive to see how different life can be. And how certain freedoms we believe to be won, battles done and dusted, are still alive and being fought for daily.

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