Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (2021) Movie Review


Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon – ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2022 – K – Kate Hudson in Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon – Movie Review

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

Writer: Ana Lily Amirpour (Screenplay)


  • Kate Hudson (Almost Famous)
  • Jeon Jong-seo (Burning)
  • Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine)
  • Ed Skrein (Deadpool)
  • Evan Whitten (Destroyer)

Plot: A girl with unusual powers escapes from a mental asylum and tries to make it on her own in New Orleans.

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon starts when Mona Lee (jong-seo) escapes from an asylum. She has an unusual power to control people, this is what she used to escape. As she travels through New Orleans, she continues to use her powers to get around the city.

Mona clashes with Officer Harold (Robinson) that wants to solve the problem without hurting her. While exotic dancer Bonnie (Hudson) uses Mona to help make money. This leads to people all over the city hunting for Mona as she looks to finally escape.

Verdict on Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon is a stylish fantasy mystery. It follows a woman with unusual powers travelling around New Orleans learning to adapt to the city. The city offers her plenty of mystery to uncover, and she uses her powers to navigate the area.

This is movie feels like a trademark for director Ana Lily Amirpour, by giving us a strong female character adapt to a new environment. It makes for wonderful viewing with the colourful characters pushing Mona through different mindsets throughout the journey. This keeps you wanting to learn more about the city discovering as Mona does. It might not completely dive into any sinister side to the powers, it keeps us wanting more.

The performances in the film are brilliant too. Jeon Jong-seo shines as the lost woman in the city, Kate Hudson shines as the exotic dander keeps her character feeling shine. Craig Robinson is great to watch as the police officer trying to understand what is happening.

Final Thoughts Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon is a wonderful fantasy movie that keeps us wondering where things will go next.

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