"Moonlight Mile" is a story about a young man whose fiancée is killed in a diner shooting, and who works out a continuing relationship with her parents, after the fact. It's how those relationships change, as each of the three make their way through grief, that illuminates a rather sober but instructive movie.
From a cinematic standpoint (art and technique) - I give "Moonlight Mile" a passing mark. It's pretty much standard film fare. Even the acting is quite circumspect - probably dragged down by a 'downer' script.
The rest of my review is a personal reflection of how this movie touched my senses.
Maybe it's because I'm getting tired of seeing movies that always want to deal with the sad things in life, that I say, this is yet another 'downer flick' (Cue: "The Sad Things In Life" - Music & Lyrics by John Torp)
As if he sensed that others might feel as I do, and as a pre-emptive strike - director-screen-writer Brad Silberling tries to illicit humour from the sad existential circumstances in the story-line. Maybe there really was a funny side to things in the confines of his mind - since the premise of the movie is based on his own tragic personal experience.
However, for me, that was even sadder, still. Were, that bereavement at losing a loved one, hit the funny bone as often as this movie suggests.
Having seen so many friends and loved ones leave this earth - my sense of loss hasn't as yet reached a level where I thought there was anything funny about death.
Especially not, in the death of one's daughter and girlfriend -as we are being asked to imagine by this cinematic life-and-death vignette.
Still, as in any film I watch, I look for positives to offset the genius-that-got-away moments; and in "Moonlight Mile", there is a redeeming feature that I feel uplifts the move in the collective soul of viewers.
If there is a saving grace - it is the positive message repeated over and over again, conveying the notion of honesty as a salvation point for moving on in life after the death of a loved one.
That notion - like a high note in music - rang loud and clear for me - and it was as beautiful as truth itself.