Moonfall, review: Roland Emmerich no longer knows what we like

Even if Emmerich can no longer do that Great movie about the end of the worldMaybe it’s time to say goodbye to the genre on which this director has built such a good part of his career. However, it’s interesting to see Moonfall, because like any good title that attempts to imagine the future, it ends up telling a lot about the present it was made in. For example, it is impossible not to elicit some reflections from the large Chinese funding of the work and the consequent benign light in which the Asian country is portrayed, or the disturbing obsession felt by one of the heroes of the Elon Musk movie, between the position of one product and another.

Moonfall inspiration

With a budget of approximately $150 million, Moonfall It is the most expensive independent movie ever In the last years. Emmerich worked on it for nearly five years, after seeing the rights to the script and later reclaiming them from Universal, who initially seemed interested in the game.

In the director’s cinema, it is easy to identify some established techniques and narratives: a great ability to comprehend and replicate Steven Spielberg’s best adventure cinema and entertainment, An unwavering belief in the use of special effects And in their presentation as pound sterling Very unique and special that will attract people into the room, having a coil outcast unjustly mocked From others they instead show a profound ability to see reality as it is, beyond applicable conventions.

In Moonfall we find all these items, starting with disastrous story Who sees an overweight, lonely and seasoned young man named KC (John Bradley) as the only one who can understand it Moon “giant structure” Quarry and exotic industries. Ex-astronaut Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) will find himself teaming up with him, after seeing a mysterious swarm on a space mission and being Banned by NASA To tell the story of what we see in space.

Moonfall’s “scientific” explanations may sound like Hollywood gossip from a filmmaker who has long been a fan of exaggeration and conspiracy, when in fact they and the movie are inspired by A book by Alan Butler and Christopher Knight (Hence the initials of the protagonist’s name are explained). The writer is a famous conspiracy theorist who argues, among his various alternative theories, that the Moon is in fact a huge hollow structure, created by an advanced civilization that actually planned the birth of our planet.

Moonfall plot

As the title suggests, the file The moon begins to get dangerously close to the Earth, which is alarming. So former astronaut and current NASA chief Jocinda Fowler (Halle Berry) apologizes to Brian and begins working with him and KC on a crazy plan to return the Moon to the correct orbit and avoid the extinction of humanity. They follow, as expected, the adventures of their children committed to saving themselves, CGI destruction of American cities (primarily New York) and a section a bit like Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and a bit like Arthur C. Clarke’s classic SFF Encounter with Rama.

In short, Emmerich does his job, and so does the cast, but they face a radically changing world and audience. Moonfall error is Do not understand the present No longer responding to the need of people who already see frightening weather events happening in reality and in the cinema, they seek the impossible fusion of nostalgia and the present, a world of charismatic and reassuring characters that you enjoy without making them feel endangered. The period when special effects were, in fact, special has been around for a long time. Today We need realism (in science fiction, in cinema, in historical series) that was never in Emmerich’s threads, or the desire to create as complex and realistic a narrative and visual dimension as possible to dazzle the audience. People are looking for complexity (often quirky) by Christopher Nolan in Interstellar or, conversely, Denis Villeneuve’s trusted core, which makes a fictional world like the Dunes world both harsh and realistic.

movie 2021 What Moonfall Looks Most Like Is ‘Don’t Look Up’Which isn’t much of a compliment to Adam McKay, who still snatches multiple Academy Award nominations with his movie on Netflix. The plot is the same: a large mass is about to hit the ground, the United States is trying to do something, but at the top of the nation there are mostly people unable to fight against cynical and unbelieving scholars. Unlike Emmerich though, Makai is a keen connoisseur of current delicacieshe knows that the public wants to be indignant, wants to feel intelligent while being part of a definite group in opposition to another, wants to see reality free from nuance, and reduced to such a simplification that it takes a stand on one side or the other inescapable and easy .

Maggie Benson

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