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Man in the Moon, The
Twilight Time // PG-13 // May 16, 2017 // Region 0
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The Man in the Moon is a coming of age story centered around Dani Trant (Reese Witherspoon). The film is Reese Witherspoon's debut as an actress. As the story unfolds, Dani spends most of her summer days going off on her own (despite her parents' wishes). She discovers a nearby creek where she goes swimming. It is there that she meets Court Foster (Jason London), a teenage boy she starts to have a crush on over the course of the summer.
In many respects, The Man in the Moon is a slice of life drama. Over the course of the story, the characters personal relationships are explored and are at the forefront of the filmmaking. At the heart of the story is the close friendship and sibling rivalry between sisters Dani and Maureen Trant (Emily Warfield), who both grow to like Court over the summer.
The film explores the friction that starts between the sisters with the subsequent romance between Court and Maureen. The film also looks at the relationship between Matthew Trant (Sam Waterston) and Abigail Trant (Tess Harper) as the parents try and look after their family. The story slowly builds to a dramatic conclusion.
The cinematography by Freddie Francis (The Elephant Man, Glory, Dune) is one of the most impressive qualities of the production. The film has strong use of natural daylight and quite impressive nighttime scenes which effectively convey the setting and time-period. It's an accomplished work from the Academy Award winning cinematographer.
The music score by James Newton Howard (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is melodic and moving. The music adds a great deal to the atmosphere of the film.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.