Cody’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've been sitting at my laptop, staring at a blank screen for the past half an hour. I've been sitting here, thinking about Moonlight. What does this film mean? What does this film mean to me? What can I take out of it? What made it good? Was there anything that I didn't like about the film?
Still staring at this computer screen, I realized that Moonlight may be one of the greatest films that I have ever seen. I've been saying that a lot lately, due to the fact that 2016 has released some stunning cinema. But nothing quite like Moonlight. This is one of the rare occurrences where I am honestly left speechless after finishing the film. Walking out of the film, and even as I write this review, I am in a haze. A haze that won't be lifted for some time, a haze that stays with me for a very long time.
There are so many things that I want to say about Moonlight, things that I really do want to say. But none of these are coming to mind. I'm still in a fog, and I think that I may be able to get my thoughts together once I start thinking clearly. Moonlight has put me in a very strange place, a place that only great films put me in.
Moonlight is one of this year's best films, as well as one of the most important films of all time. This film is one of the most personal films I have ever seen, feeling everything throughout the entire film. Whatever people may think, this film is extremely important, not only for representation in the LGBTQ+ community, but in the POC community as well. Moonlight manages to be a film that defies what many Hollywood productions haven't done yet, and that is to be very inclusive.
Moonlight isn't just important, it's crucial. Words cannot describe this film, it's only something that is able to be experienced in the theater.