REVIEW: Moon Knight

Jul 15, 2022 | Series Reviews

It must be difficult nowadays to make a movie or series about superheroes without repeating hackneyed formulas. In Moon Knight, this challenge is evident. The main character was created in 1975 by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin, at a time when Marvel was trying to reinvent itself after the company's emergence in the 1960s. The story is intended to combine Batman's psychological complication and sense of guilt with the spirit of the 1930s adventure films that inspired Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to create the character of Indiana Jones. And this Moon Knight travels in time, he bilocates, changes his personality, listens to voices..., without even touching the charisma of those emblematic characters he uses as references.

The script of the series plays with the viewer and the protagonist at the same time, confusing imagination and real life. Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke are two sensational actors, who make the impossible plausible, but in the end, the plot demands too much credulity and patience from the viewer, who ends up exhausted with so many comings and goings.

The creator of the series is Jeremy Slater, who started as director and screenwriter of The Exorcist, a series forgotten, with reason, on Amazon Prime. In recent days he has just released the second season of The Umbrella Academy, a fiction that began as orignal and dynamic and ended up showing itself too cyclothymic and formulaic. Something similar happens to Caballero Luna. In its first six-episode season (there are doubts that there will be a continuation after a lukewarm reception from the public), it gives the feeling that the rocky plot has engulfed the characters. The imaginative start has a rather delirious development, falling short of other alternative superhero series more ingenious and harmonious as Scarlet Witch and Vision or Legion.

Signature: Claudio Sánchez

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