My Two Cents: Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson

The first movie I saw – or thought I saw – from Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson was Resolution (2012).

I enjoyed it but thought of it as a one-off and thought no more of it, which is somewhat unusual for me because I’ve always had more of a fascination with the people behind the camera than those in front of it. This appreciation came from the way I listen to music; when I eventually came to understand that how a band sounded oftentimes had as much to do with the producer as the band itself.

The first movie I saw – or thought I saw – from Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson was Resolution (2012).

I enjoyed it but thought of it as a one-off and thought no more of it, which is somewhat unusual for me because I’ve always had more of a fascination with the people behind the camera than those in front of it. This appreciation came from the way I listen to music; when I eventually came to understand that how a band sounded oftentimes had as much to do with the producer as the band itself.

So, sometime after Resolution – still before I know of Benson and Moorhead as directors – I saw The Endless, which very cleverly had a connection to Resolution, which blew my mind since I took the unexpected connectivity between the two movies as some sort of weird, cosmic coincidence.

As I was saying, once I found out my expectations were pretty high.

Then, I saw Synchronic (2019) and pretty quickly had my expectations crash to earth.

Prior to seeing the movie I was really jazzed. It was directed by Moorhead & Benson and starred Anthony Mackie – who at the time seemed to have been turning up just about everywhere – and Jamie Dornan, so what could go wrong?

And Synchronic was okay, but only just. The trademark weirdness the directors typically brought to their projects was still there, but in very measured doses.

So I was a little disappointed, I will not lie.

I mention all of this because Benson and Moorhead recently finished directing four or five episodes of Disney+’s upcoming Moon Knight series, and while he’s one of my favorite superheroes, I don’t know which Moorhead and Benson will be directing: The weird and quirky Moorhead and Benson or the more mainstream, pedestrian Moorhead and Benson.

 

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