Movie #6: Moonstruck (1987)
Summary from Reel Romance:
Intimacy Comfort Level: First Date, Going Steady, Committed/Married
Make-Out Meter: 5 flames
Just for Her: Cher’s submission to the ‘wolf’
Just for Him: A question to ponder: “Why do men chase women?”
Do Try This at Home: Buy something flashy to wear, change your hair, and completely revamp your look for a night out at the opera (or ballet, theater, symphony, etc.)
Pub-Craft’s Takeaway: If your relationship with your dullard of a fiancé has you hitting snooze, try doing the horizontal harangue with his “wolf” of a brother! It can only end well.
Tip: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and take risks when it comes to love. Romance won’t just wait around for you to be ready.
This was my first time watching Moonstruck, and I’ll confess that I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into here. I’ve only ever seen Cher in Burlesque and Nicholas Cage’s movie choices have always been a bit of a crapshoot for me, so I was preparing myself in the event that I really couldn’t get into this movie.
Well, you may be relieved to learn that I actually really enjoyed Moonstruck. Was it a bit predictable? Yes. Did it seem to tie everything up in almost too neat of a bow at the end? Yes. Was it at times *gasp* cheesy? Yes, but dammit I’m not lactose intolerant so I ate that shiz up and would definitely go back for seconds.
And so what if it had a predictably perfect ending? Call me ridiculous but this life is just so wrought with uncertainty that I actually enjoy knowing that all is going to end as well as a Shakespearean comedy.
Loretta (Cher) and Ronnie (Cage) have really great chemistry together, which really sold me on their romance. Loretta’s take-no-crap attitude is the perfect yin to Ronnie’s bad boy demeanor yang, and I could really feel the electricity between the two of them in every look they shared on screen. I would not have objected if they have included more of the passionate love scenes on screen, but I have to say the heat was still very much present even without showing our heroes ripping off each other’s clothes.
One thing that really stuck out to me was Loretta’s Cinderella transformation (which happens to be the name of the salon she visits for her makeover). In a lot of romantic movies, the audience sees the heroine go through a transformation to win the attention and affections of the hero; in Moonstruck, however, Ronnie has already declared his love to Loretta before she ever considers getting a makeover. What’s more, when she does decide to get an updated look, the audience really gets a sense that she’s doing it entirely for her own personal happiness, and not to please anyone else (as she has already told Ronnie that they cannot be together romantically). For me, that was such an empowering message, and one that I wish was more common in the romantic comedies produced nowadays.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this movie. Cher is fantastic (seriously, I am going to make a point of watching more of Cher’s films, because I seriously adored her in this movie), and this is definitely one of the better Cage performances I’ve seen.
I leave you now with the following additional takeaways from Moonstruck:
- If you’re going to propose marriage, do some planning and be prepared! Know what your partner wants and likes and put some effort into it! It’s bad luck otherwise.
- There is nothing wrong with knowing what you want from romance and a relationship, and don’t be afraid to ask for it! It’s the only want to guarantee that your wants and desires are known.
- There is no such thing as owning too many dogs.
- Don’t settle for someone who makes excuses for hiding your relationship – choose someone who is proud to be with you and is willing to shout it from the rooftops
- If you’re with the right person, it won’t matter if you’re 25, 50 or 75 – you can still have that romantic spark and be as happy as newlyweds (seriously though, Rita and Raymond are absolutely adorable and my new relationship goals).
- To paraphrase Ronnie, playing it safe when it comes to love is often the most dangerous thing you can do. Don’t settle for something lackluster because you’re afraid of getting hurt. Loretta agrees to marry a man she really doesn’t love because she’s already lost a husband and doesn’t want to feel that kind of pain again. It’s only when she really opens herself up to risk that she learns how much happier she could be with the right person. She now believes in life after love.
Till next time!
Kate, Romantic Cheese Connoisseur
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