Moonlight movie quotes bring the dialogue to the film about the life of one young man during three important phases of his life as he grows up in a rough Miami neighborhood. The drama film was written and directed by Barry Jenkins based on the book In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. After opening theatrically on October 21, 2016, Moonlight went on to earn eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
In Moonlight, viewers are introduced to a young Chiron (then played by Alex Hibbert). Nicknamed Little due to his small personality and size, the boy is taken in by drug dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monae) for a night before being returned to his abusive mother Paula (Naomie Harris). Little has just one friend, Kevin (then played by Jaden Pinter), but few else in the world. He continues to build a relationship with Juan and Teresa before a falling out when Juan sells drugs to Paula.
As a teen, Chiron (now played by Ashton Sanders) continues his friendship with Kevin (now played by Jharrel Jerome), which becomes romantic, and Teresa, though Juan has since died. His relationship with his mother is strained as she's deeply into crack cocaine. An incident with bullying involving Kevin leads Chiron to be arrested.
Some time later, Chiron (now played by Trevante Rhodes) now goes by the name Black, a nickname Kevin once gave to him. He returns to Miami to reunite with his mother, now in a drug treatment center, and Kevin, though Kevin (now played by André Holland) doesn't recognize his friend, who is now a drug dealer, as the person he once knew.
Moonlight movie quotes peek into the story portrayed in the film just like quotes from other movies do the same including for John Wick: Chapter 2, Fifty Shades Darker, The LEGO Batman Movie, and The Comedian.
Who You Gonna Be
Juan: At some point you've got to decide for yourself who you gonna be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you.
Juan offers a young Chiron some advice on life in this Moonlight movie quote. Juan urges him to make his own path in life and be the person he wants to be.
I Got You
Juan: Ok. Let your head rest in my hand. Relax. I got you. I promise. I won't let you go. Hey man. I got you. There you go. Ten seconds. Right there. You in the middle of the world.
Juan and young Chiron spend time in the water with Juan asking Chiron to trust him as Chiron floats. In this moment, it's not a drug dealer talking to a young boy, but a man bonding with a child in need.
All Love and Pride in This House
Teresa: Aright, water for me, and a little gin for you. Boy please, I know Juan used to give you that gin, but we ain't doing that up in here, Chiron. You don't think my joke was funny? What's wrong?
Chiron: Nothing, I'm good.
Teresa: No, I done seen good, and you ain't it. Stop putting yo' head down in my house! You know my rule. It's all love and all pride in this house! Do you feel me? I can't hear you. Do you feel me?
Chiron: I feel you.
A teenage Chiron eats dinner with Teresa, something he frequently does even after Juan, Teresa's boyfriend, has died. She remains a positive influence in Chiron's life, something he desperately needs.
Who Is You?
Kevin: Who is you, man?
Black: Who, me?
Kevin: Yeah nigga, you. Them fronts? That car? Who is you, Chiron?
Black: I'm me, man, ain't trying to be nothing else.
Kevin: So you hard now?
Black: I ain't say that.
Kevin: Then what? Look. I'm not trying hem you up. Just, I ain't seen you in a minute, not what I expected, none of it, not good or bad, just not what I expected.
Black: Well, what did you expect?
Kevin: You remember the last time I saw you?
Black: For a long time, tried not to remember, tried to forget all those times, the good, the bad, all of it.
Kevin: Yeah, I know.
Kevin confronts Black about how he's living his life now. Kevin doesn't recognize the man Black has become, but both remember the times they had together many years ago.