“When the moon hits the sky, like a big pizza pie! That’s amore”. It’s almost like the song was written for this movie alone. As a part of a Nicolas Cage Spegeln showed this fantastic comedy from the eighties! It’s a fast paced tale about love, Italian stereotypes and some over the top acting!
The story is about Loretta Castorini (played by Cher) falling in love with the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. It’s a story about romance, both open and secret. There’s intrigue, humor and all around good feel about all of it.
On top of a pretty solid plot it also stars one of my favorites Vincent Gardenia which just makes everything better. Playing the father of Loretta he does one of his mots solid perfomances in his whole career.
The humor in this is charming and at times very over the top. There are also quips about Italian stereotypes and snide remarks about gender roles that still manages to feel fresh today. The awkward pacing of some of the scenes feels intentional to set up some great funny situations and it just simply works.
Moonstruck has all the ingredients for a generic love story as well. Chuch confessions, love bites and of course falling snow. The pacing of the developing love is made with perfect timing, and the runtime flies away in the blink of an eye. There are multiple stories going on on top of each other and with the pacing it rarely feels confusing.
Showing older movies at theaters is a thing that has really made a comeback. That is something that truly makes me glad! Frankly if this wasn’t shown at my cinema I would have never thought of watching it. Even thought it is not showing at Spegeln anymore I still recommend you seek out this fantastic film today!