This was back when Nic Cage was good, maybe the only film of his I really enjoyed, besides Wild at Heart, Cher is endearing, and the supporting actors are charming, especially Danny Aiello as Cage's pathetic brother, and the old man with the dogs. I know it's a corny love story, but so what. Lovely shots of Brooklyn Heights. And it has my favorite opera in it, Tosca.
I fail to understand why this film had so many nominations or any at all...and worse, few wins! That strikes me for sure.
It was a tedious, unfunny, unengaging romantic comedy with clumsy acting and pedestrian humor. The insistent mentioning of the moon's influence by the horny grandpas made me cringe every time. Maybe it was funny in the 80s but it didn't age well...I'd go for Cher in 'Mermaids'.
I didn't know I loved Cher this much. She is purely amazing in this film! Also I used to dispise Nicolas Cage but here he actually reminds me of Ryan Gosling: the piercing blue eyes, the calm voice and just overall vibe. I totally enjoyed this movie :)
MOONSTRUCK is cheerfully straightforward in its ridiculousness – it was maybe demonstrated by Shanley's later work that he has more than a streak of the surreal in him –, an immediate plunge into a Brooklyn where lover's spats play like a Greek chorus, family relationships are more operatic than La Boheme, and people fall in love so quickly you'd think Puck was behind the scenes. Intoxicating, amusing absurdity.
Moonstruck is a dreaming; its plot a wispy, fleeting shadow play of semi-articulated nigglings, that moves between scenes of varying import without nay a care in the world! Nic circa '87 is around his most gorgeous and I like that the film presents working in a pizzeria as equivalent to working as a navvy on the Victorian railroads. Genuinely sweet, but not overly sentimental. Clear eyes made a little misty.