I am fascinated by the controversy in that article over Tyler Perry - who I don't know at all.
I did get round to it - screen 2 at the Plex on Saturday. About 2/3 full for the 4pm showing.
I found the change of actor playing the main character a bit disconcerting, though it was inevitable this had to happen. No doubt Stephen Spielberg could have scoured the earth for actors who morphed seamlessly.
I think the narrative was highly plausible, and much of the film about terrible parenting from the drug addicted mother and serious school bullying later on.
The interlude of the drug dealing surrogate father teaching his "son" to swim was charming - though of al things this seemed least plausible. It was more like the dealer needed a son, than vice versa, but it tied in nicely with the end of the film.
For me the emotional impact seriously started from Chiron lonely on the beach accidentally having a gay encounter, then the bullying cranked up and his "lover" being forced to inflict a crippling assault.
Chiron (having morphed into 50 Cent) lying on the bed lonely years later, taking call from his lover/(unwilling) abuser. Then the final 10 minutes or so - and final picture.
To me this raises question of betrayal and possible hoped for resolution - which are wisely left hanging.
Not a gay film as such - but a film that laid issues wide open.