Based on Chinese mythology, “Over the Moon” follows a young girl named Fei Fei and her desire to prove the existence of the Chinese moon goddess Chang’e, to her father when he plans to remarry after her mother’s death. The beginning of the movie sets the premise well, with a lighthearted song about the tale of Chang’e and Hou Yi. It holds a special place in Fei Fei’s heart as a memento of her mother and as such, Fei Fei is an avid believer of Chang’e’s existence.
One of the best features in this movie was the bright colors that were used throughout the movie, particularly in the kingdom of Lunaria. As much as I loved the movie’s choice of colors, I believed that hues of blues and purples with some hues of silver and gold would have set a better atmosphere for Lunaria. When I first saw Lunaria, I didn’t get the “moon kingdom” vibe from it, but rather a “candy kingdom” or something along those lines. Another great feature is the presence of strong symbols, such as the crane, the moon, the lotus flower, and moon cakes, as they provide the viewer with an intriguing perspective on the deeper meaning of the film.
Three scenes, in particular, stood out to me when I watched this movie. The first was Fei Fei’s blast off when she sent her rocket to the moon in order to get a photo of Chang’e. Fireworks served as the background for an inspiring and heart-racing send off as Fei Fei and her pet rabbit Bungee. Another scene involved one of the best songs of the movie, “Ultraluminary” performed by Phillipa Soo, the voice actress of Chang’e. Here, we see an elegant and colorful display of style and pride, two qualities that make this performance one of the best in the movie. Gobi’s song was another personal favorite of mine, involving an inspirational song about endless possibilities, followed by Fei Fei crying as she remembers her mother. This was truly an emotion-evoking scene, as it drills into the viewer how much Fei Fei’s mother means to her.
The most frequent themes in this movie are grief and how to cope with it. This movie portrays this message in a rather creative way, using Chinese myth and a realistic heroine to show that anyone can be affected by the loss of a loved one. These themes play into the character development of this film, specifically those of Fei Fei and Chang’e. Fei Fei does not like the idea that her father is planning to remarry after her mother passes away, and uses her adventure to prove Chang’e’s existence to convince her father that the love between him and her mother is still alive; something that is mirrored in the romance between Chang’e and Hou Yi. Chang’e, at the beginning of the movie, is portrayed as a confident and sharp-tongued moon goddess, contrary to the way that Fei Fei’s mother portrays her in her tales as kind and gentle. However, as you progress through the movie, you are able to see the grief that is hidden beneath the surface of Chang’e’s personality. Desperate to get her lover back, Chang’e’s proposes a contest to see who can get “The Gift” so that she may revive Hou Yi.
This movie is one that I will never regret watching because of its strong themes and symbolism, beautiful visuals, and music, as well as a colorful and lovable cast of characters. It was emotional and personable, and I would recommend this movie to anyone with an interest in Chinese mythology or likes movies that can evoke strong emotions. “Over the Moon” was a masterpiece that shows that when you lose a loved one, the best thing that you can do is remember that they are always there with you and that your love for them will stay alive if you make it so.