Eklund Editorials: Johnny Moon – Mr. Right (2015)

I have a spreadsheet that contains everything Michael Eklund has acted in and my goal is to watch all of it and blog about it along the way. There will be spoilers.

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A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.

I dislike romantic comedies. The problem (or upside) to spreadsheets is the need for completion of that spreadsheet. I can’t avoid the few rom-coms that Michael Eklund has been in and this is one of them… kind of. Mr. Right is a hitman-goes-good rom com (HomRomCom, Hom for homicide I freaking love this term) and it is damn good stuff, Eklund only has a supporting role as a baddie named Johnny Moon and I’ll admit I wasn’t sad to see Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick gracing the screen instead. What can I say, they are both adorable and very talented.

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Eklund with Max Landis at TIFF Mr. Right premiere

The Screenplay for Mr. Right is written by Max Landis, that name of course is important because it’s Mr. Landis that was the force behind Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Max and Michael worked together on this film and then Max asked Michael back to play Martin in 2016.

In the film, Michael Eklund plays Johnny Moon, a “local thug” who is brought in by the younger mob family brother named Von to hire Francis (Sam Rockwell) to kill his older brother Richard. However, Francis has started killing the people who hire him instead of his marks, which means that Von and Johnny need to hire Francis on behalf of Richard so Francis will kill the man who hired him.

Clear as mud?

It really is a good movie and it’s explained out fairly well, it’s just hard to explain without devoting some time and space to it. I highly recommend checking the movie out on iTunes or Netflix if it’s still available, it’s a great popcorn movie and great for people who don’t like rom-coms.

Let’s be honest, I’m here to talk about Johnny Moon. The character is equal parts funny, sneaky and has somewhat of a temper when provoked. He’s also suave af.

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He definitely fills the role of “this guy is a jerk and I want to hate him, but he’s so charming!” It’s like what Han Solo would be like if he killed way more people for fun (instead of out of necessity) and didn’t have Chewie to balance him out. Okay, I may be a sucker for scruff and a leather jacket too. I’m trying my best not to be an inarticulate fangirl, but I am human, come on:

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Like the disclaimer at the top of every entry, this post has spoilers. Johnny Moon doesn’t survive, but it is death by Anna Kendrick and he was being a dick so it makes sense for the plot.

Lastly, I leave you with a gif that I feel sums up this entire Eklund Editorials project quite well, it’s Johnny’s reaction after Von explains the “hire the hitman to kill his brother plan”:

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