Writer-director Barry Jenkins has created a powerful film about race, masculinity, poverty, and the struggles of life. He has a wonderful ensemble of actors as well as beautiful cinematography and a memorable musical score. All of the main characters are complex creations – neither good nor evil – struggling to find light in the midst of darkness. A trip to the beach may offer solace for a few hours and friendships may be able to last for a lifetime, while forgiveness for past sins may be the hardest thing of all.
This is simply one of the best films of the year and highly recommended for adults. But mind the pitchforks and use discretion; it still may not be a film for you.