As part of my look into films featuring Nicolas Cage I’m now at Moonstruck (1987) that also stars Cher. To be honest it’s one romantic comedy that I would probably not have reviewed had it not had Nicolas Cage in it. Does that mean I could have missed a real gem of a film or was I right to think about skipping it? Well let’s find out, so without further ado here’s my Moonstruck blu-ray review.
- Moonstruck (1987)
- Genre: Romantic Comedy
- UK Rating PG
- Discs: 1
- Released By 20th Century Fox
- Blu-ray Released: 13th January 2014
Loretta Castorini (Cher) is a 37 year old Italian-American widow that has agreed to marry Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello). Before that can happen Johnny needs to visit his dying mother. He tells Loretta he will marry her upon his return and requests she contact his brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) whom he has not spoken with for many years and persuade him to attend their wedding. What will happen when Loretta and Ronny Cammareri meet?
The film is directed by Norman Jewison with the cinematography side of things that’s taken care of by David Watkin. The comedy style works very well with music and scenes moving along at a good pace resulting in an enjoyable experience.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Dick Hyman and does a good job of conveying a comedy feel whilst helping to keep the film moving along at a good pace.
Acting / Characters
Good performances all-round from the likes of Cher but its Nicolas Cage that really steals the show with his wild and unpredictable approach.
- Cher as Loretta Castorini
- Nicolas Cage as Ronny Cammareri
- Olympia Dukakis as Rose Castorini
- Vincent Gardenia as Cosmo Castorini
- Danny Aiello as Johnny Cammareri
- Julie Bovasso as Rita Cappomaggi
- Louis Guss as Raymond Cappomaggi
- John Mahoney as Perry
- Feodor Chaliapin Jr. as Grandpa Castorini
- Anita Gillette as Mona
Conclusion: Moonstruck (1987) Film Review
I’ll be honest this isn’t really my type of film, that said I would say its enjoyable enough and worth a look if only for Nicolas Cage’s performance.
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- Raising Arizona (1987)
- Rumble Fish (1983)
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- Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
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Conclusion: Moonstruck Blu-ray Review
The good news is despite this being an MGM film for the most part the picture quality is pretty decent. That said the beginning of the film does have its fair share of speckles which very disappointing.
On the extras front “Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family” is worth a look as it has interviews with director, writer and several actors including Nicolas Cage. The one extras not worth watching has to be “Pastas to Pastries: The Art of Fine Italian Food” which has nothing really to do with the film.
- Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family (25 mins)
- Pastas to Pastries: The Art of Fine Italian Food (30 mins)
- Music of Moonstruck Featurette (6 mins)
- Audio Commentary Featuring Cher, Director Norman Jewison & Writer John Patrick Shanley
On to my movie rating for Fast Times at Moonstruck (1987)
- Movie Rating: WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: DECENT
- Extras: GOOD
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Moonstruck (1987) is available now on blu-ray
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: Moonstruck (1987) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Moonstruck (1987)
Duration: 102 mins
Director(s): Norman Jewison
Actor(s): Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, Julie Bovasso, Louis Guss, John Mahoney, Feodor Chaliapin Jr, Anita Gillette
Genre: Romantic, Comedy
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
An enjoyable enough comedy romance that’s certainly worth a look especially for Cher and Cage’s performances.