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Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Stylish fantasy thriller has profanity, bloody violence.

Movie R 2022 106 minutes
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Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour's movies are typically small on plot but big on atmosphere, and this fantasy mystery-thriller is no exception. Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon revolves around a female central character with special powers that help as much as they do hinder her life. Jeon Jong-seo stars in a breakout role as Mona, a troubled girl on the run who finds herself trying to survive in New Orleans. This is the setup for a series of interconnected set pieces, all brought to life with vivid lighting, a pumping soundtrack, and larger-than-life supporting players. This includes Ed Skrein's drawling drug dealer Fuzz, Kate Hudson's opportunistic stripper Bonnie, and Craig Robinson's befuddled beat cop Officer Harold.

Amirpour and Jong-seo do a good job of keeping Mona passive but watchable, rarely saying much but always ready to impose herself. The filmmaker's aesthetic -- built around plenty of lingering close-ups and music that swirls around the action -- might be too stylized for some. But this isn't a movie with any ambitions to provide deep character studies. Instead its deadpan fun is created by playing with genres and audience expectations, while taking care to look good along the way.

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