Moon Knight on Disney+ falls right in the middle of Hollywood furor | Northern Beaches Review

Hollywood should have shut down this week, just for a little while.

A vacation away from the kind of turgid stardom that resulted in wrongdoing at the Oscars (and a truly bizarre debate over whether or not it was warranted) would have done us and Tinseltown a world of good. .

But instead of a break we had moon knight.

Hollywood, sometimes you really suck.

Moon Knight brings together precisely what we dream of: action, intrigue, humor and violence. Image: Disney+/Marvel Studios

To be fair, the latest addition to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is mostly innocent, most. It’s just hard to celebrate a product of the same bloated industry responsible for Will Smith.

moon knight, a new superhero series now streaming on Disney+, is part of something called “Phase Four” of the MCU. Who knows how many more phases are to come, but the fact that they’re counting them at all should sound alarm bells. Nothing good ever comes from counting: jail time, hiding, searching, lifting heavy objects, death.

The six-parter featuring Oscar Isaac is one of half a dozen TV shows that have strayed from the wildly popular and lucrative Marvel movie franchise, drip-feeding us second-rate character plots. Channel 2 just long enough for us to keep our life sustaining interest until we get to watch, then quickly forget, another big budget movie in its own right.

Image: Disney+/Marvel Studios

Image: Disney+/Marvel Studios

The process is a bit like how Kevin Spacey tortured this skinny pedophile for a whole year in Seven.

Moon Knight (no relation to Captain Underpants) made his first comic book appearance in the 70s. He has a cult following but never made it to the major leagues, so it’s a bit of a gamble for MCU masterminds. to support this true stranger to maintain his audience of 12-15 year old boys and adult men streaming in the office.

By day, Oscar Isaac's character is mild-mannered museum gift shop assistant Steven Grant.  Image: Disney+/Marvel Studios

By day, Oscar Isaac’s character is mild-mannered museum gift shop assistant Steven Grant. Image: Disney+/Marvel Studios

In some ways, however, Moon Knight and its many facets are almost tailor-made for modernity. For one thing, he’s on a mental health journey — very 2022. He’s not just a wealthy man who likes to wear latex and beat people up at night, he has “dissociative identity disorder. “, that is, of split personalities, and it is this device that provides our hero with complex alter-egos of matryoshka dolls. Moon Knight can be a mild-mannered gift shop assistant, a deadly mercenary, or the vengeful right-hand man of an Egyptian god.

Just like playing the lead role in the 1957s The Three Faces of Eve was a dream role for the wonderful Joanne Woodward (who won an Oscar for her performance but exercised enough self-control to avoid physically assaulting anyone at the ceremony), Isaac obviously thought the chance to play a character This wacky and complex MCU was too good an offer to refuse, and aside from a lousy British accent, it does a great job.

Ethan Hawke does perhaps an even better job, playing the show’s obligatory villain, this time a cult leader, also tied to Egyptian deities and a penchant for masochism rivaling that of the pastor entangled in the barbed wire he starred in Paul Schrader. awesome 2017 movie First reformed.

Ethan Hawke joins a long list of overqualified actors taking supporting roles in MCU projects.  Image: Disney+/Marvel Studios

Ethan Hawke joins a long list of overqualified actors taking supporting roles in MCU projects. Image: Disney+/Marvel Studios

Adding to this list of talents is F. Murray Abraham, whose booming voice makes the moon god Khonshu all-knowing, bored and sarcastic all at once.

This problem with moon knightthis unfortunate week, at least, is how it all feels in Hollywood.

Isaac is undeniably talented but, like the Hemsworths, the Cumberbatchs, the Reynolds, the Chastains, the Kidmans or The Rocks (not Chris, the eminently less slap in the face Dwayne Johnson), he’s absolutely everywhere. That’s a big deal for a respected performer, but not so great for an audience whose suspension of disbelief begins to waver around the time the same guy appeared on his third new release of the month.

You can't channel the surf without spotting Issac in one of his starring roles.  Image: Disney+/Marvel Studios

You can’t channel the surf without spotting Issac in one of his starring roles. Image: Disney+/Marvel Studios

Without too much streaming effort this week, you might have stumbled upon Isaac starring in the rebooted star wars franchise, the adaptation by Hagai Levi of Ingar Bergmann Scenes from a weddingthe spectacular by Denis Villeneuve Dunes or even literally falling asleep on free TV when Inside Llewyn Davis screened on SBS.

While Ryan Reynolds should face some kind of lawsuit for inflicting so much of himself on an innocent audience of moviegoers (the ridiculous Netflix derivative The Adam Project is awful on the next level), Isaac can’t be held responsible for taking a few high-profile gigs with successful production houses.

And if he’s not a little messy sometimes, his moon knight represents Hollywood at its finest, a hit machine that brings together precisely what we crave – action, intrigue, humor and violence.

As we were reminded this week: art imitates life.

This Moon Knight story and its many ticked facets is almost tailor-made for modernity and first appeared in The Canberra Times.

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