Courtesy of Disney+, I had the opportunity to watch 4 episodes of Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight. And, now since I’ve seen all the episodes, a lot of my opinions still stand. This show is that damn good.
As someone who’s been a fan of Moon Knight growing up, and still am, the series did not disappoint at all. Great storytelling, amazing cast, awesome score, and more! Let’s jump right into the review, spoiler free of course.
Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight follows Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) who is a gift-shop employee. At random moments, Steven will blackout and have memories of another life, which he discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As the enemies of Steven/Marc hunts him down, the two identities must team up and deal with a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.
Out of all the MCU series, in my opinion, I believe this is the best written series so far. Before watching the show, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into but I was wrong. The show has a lot storytelling to get you familiar with these characters, so if you’re expecting nonstop action then you might want to change your thought process. Also, the series dabble with some horror/psychological thriller as well, which is a taste of what we’ll get more of in the MCU.
Another thing I liked about Moon Knight, is how self contained the story is. There’s no mention of other MCU characters or what’s going on in the world, and it’s a breath of fresh air. Obviously Moon Knight will play a bigger part in the future of the MCU, but I think it was a good idea that the series decided to go this route.
I was very invested in the dialogue and lore throughout the series because it gives you the answers you need regarding Marc Spector/Steven Grant, Khonshu, etc. Just genius writing throughout Moon Knight. If you wasn’t a fan of Moon Knight before, this show will make you a fan and pick up some of his comics.
Moon Knight started off strong and stick the landing with the finale when it tied up all the loose ends. Just masterclass storytelling, and I’m ready for more.
The cast for Moon Knight is just honestly incredible. Since I don’t want to spoil much, I’ll just mention the main cast.
Oscar Isaac just continues to show why he deserves his flowers as one of the best actors of our generation. Oscar basically plays two characters, Marc Spector and Steven Grant, so when he switches between the two personalities it’s effortless. Casting Oscar for this role is one of the best castings from Marvel Studios, easily!
Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow is so good. He play’s a sinister cult leader, and boy was it awesome to watch his performance. When you get Ethan & Oscar in a scene together, you’ll definitely get to see some magic, literally.
May Calamawy plays Layla El-Faouly, an archeologist that is associated with Marc Spector’s past. I really enjoyed May’s performance in Moon Knight. When she gets introduced, she’s just a whole badass from the jump, and I love it.
F. Murray Abraham voices the God of the Moon, Khonshu! I was wondering what to expect hearing Khonshu’s voice, and I was very impressed. F. Murray Abraham just sounds great, and can’t wait to hear more of him in the MCU.
Moon Knight’s cinematography is fantastic, and it’s tied with Loki for me. Just the camera angles at certain points were just great and made me go “Oh damn, that’s so good.” Oh and the action scenes were A-1! You don’t get a lot of action in the show, but when you do it’s hard hitting stuff, which works.
The VFX can be a hit or miss. In some episodes, the CGI would look fantastic but then there’s time it would look really cheap. Regardless, I didn’t take away from the experience from the show since the story and acting was just so good. Hopefully, the series won’t have too much of this problem with season 2.
The costume designs throughout the series were impressive. The obvious standout is when we see the full Moon Knight gear in action because it just look badass, same goes for when we see Mr. Knight. Also, how can I not mention Khonshu? He great.
I was definitely a fan of the score, especially during the credits when the episodes ends. The score just fits perfectly with the show, and continues to show the genius that is Moon Knight.
Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight is so good that it should be illegal. I’m ready to see more of what’s to come in the future! The series is a love letter to Moon Knight fans and a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I highly recommend watching Moon Knight, and you won’t be disappointed.