Nutshell Review: Moonfall
PG Score: 5/10
Moofall was released in theaters on 2/4/22
I am just going to come out and say it. Moonfall was a Moonfail. The disaster movie, 'world is ending' trope has been done many times before. Some of my favorites are Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, and while those are not perfect films, they do what they are meant to do pretty well. They tell an enjoyable and entertaining story even with moments of cheesiness you expect from that type of film. Last year’s Greenland was a solid demonstration in a more realistic and well delivered end-of-the-world film, so I expected more from Moonfall than what we got.
At Least It Looked Cool
The film did have two of the necessary ingredients for a successful movie, with solid special effects and a few well-known actors. But the story failed to deliver. It was funny, just not in a way that Director Roland Emmerich (The Patriot) was intending, which is bizarre because he has delivered some of the better apocalypse films. The cast tried their best to engage with the source material, but with such a poor story, it seems they were more interested in working with the director.
Patrick Wilson (Insidious), a master of the horror genre, was one of our lead actors and while there was nothing wrong with his performance, there wasn’t anything that stood out. John Bradley (Game of Thrones) plays the nerdy conspiracy theorist that no one listens to until it is too late, and even then they don’t really listen to him. Halle Berry (Swordfish) also stars as Patrick Wilson’s former astronaut captain and NASA big wig. Moonfall isn’t her best work and definitely not her worst work. She’s just a big name that I didn’t even know was in the film until it started.
Save Your Money
Is Moonfall worth seeing? No. I personally would wait until it is on cable for free before checking it out. Then again, you lose nothing by never seeing this film. I wanted to like it and believe it or not, I actually do to a degree. But it isn’t a film I would recommend spending money or time on. Save your money or use it to go see Spider-Man: No Way Home again.