I full-heartedly believe that you should live your life full of passion. In my opinion, if you aren’t living every moment to it’s fullest and with the most intensity then you aren’t really living. That’s what the film Moonstruck is all about, living with intensity and passion.
This film is centered around Italian-bred Brooklynite Loretta Castorini (Cher) and her attempts at love seven years after the death of her first husband. Loretta, is your average Italian New Yorker. She’ straightforward, to the point, she doesn’t have time to deal with the folly of messy details like love and romance. She made an attempt at the “right marriage” once, seven years before the movie is set and it didn’t work out so now she thinks that she’s cursed. Therefore, when boyfriend Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello) asks her to marry him she says yes, but only because she isn’t in love with him. However, everything gets turned on its tails when Johnny has to fly to Italy to be with his dying mother and Loretta meets Johnny’s passionate and charming brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage).
At first, this movie seems to portray a bleak outlook on love. Romance seems to be tainted by cheating and curses throughout the film. When Loretta’s mother Rose (Olympia Dukakis) finds out that her daughter agreed to marry Johnny the first question she asks is “Do you love him?” But to Loretta’s resounding no she seems pleased saying, “Good, when you love them, they drive you crazy, because they know they can.” However, as Loretta falls for Ronny she seems to remember how important love is, and how falling in love can bring you back from the dead.
This movie is laden with Italian stereotypes that I find amusing, being heavily Italian myself, on my dad’s side.