YMMV / Moonwalker

  • Anvilicious: DRUGS ARE BAD!!!!
  • Awesome Music: Besides guess who, mention must be made of Bruce Broughton's fine scoring for the "Speed Demon" and "Smooth Criminal" segments (Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops recorded a suite from Broughton's score for the latter).
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Granted, the film is trippy enough to qualify for this trope as a whole, but the music video segment of the "Smooth Criminal" chapter stands out. After nearly being gunned down by Mr. Big's goons and going through an extensive chase sequence, Michael then goes into a club to throw an elaborate dance routine with the regulars. It interrupts the narrative and has nothing to do with the plot whatsoever.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The "Smooth Criminal" scene.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Michael's interaction with the kids in "Smooth Criminal", especially their frolicking in the meadow early on, plays a lot differently now. "Badder" is arguably worse though: For starters, the wanted poster torn down from the subway wall depicts Michael: who is "Wanted for questioning".
    • The Drugs Are Bad message of "Smooth Criminal" now that Michael has died from a drug overdose.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A Joe Pesci character who Would Hurt a Child? Why does that sound familiar...
    • When Jackson's entourage gets trampled by a crowd of fans in the "Speed Demon" segment they turn into flattened cut-outs that look uncannily like South Park characters, despite the film predating the show by a decade.
    • One of the poses that the crowd strikes near the end of the "Smooth Criminal" musical number looks eerily similar to the dab, a dance move that would gain an ironic popularity in the latter half of The New '10s.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mr. Big's attempt to inject Katie with the drug.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Sega made two games based on Moonwalker (one for the arcade, and one for the Sega Genesisnote ) which actually aren't that bad. Unfortunately, the Genesis version is rather easy, so it won't take you very long to beat it. You probably will stop before you get enough, but until then it's a real thriller.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Look, granny, it's...MICHAEL JACKSON! *cue Nightmare Face*
  • Padding: The lengthy foot chase through the city in "Smooth Criminal".
  • Special Effects Failure: The compositing of the Claymation in the "Speed Demon" segment leaves a lot to be desired in several spots. In many shots, the clay characters become people in suits, and the switch is pretty obvious.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Michael Jackson defeats a drug dealer's giant laser with his scream-beam. While he's a spaceship. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.