Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
A tormenting and surprising story of children and adults during the stormy days of the summer of 1965.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
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Not charted on maps
But preserved in paintings.
"Car le temps de l'amour
Ça dure tojours."
I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam and Suzy try and burn a memory so deep into their minds that they can create a traumatized memory they want to…
A sweet coming-of-age tale about the innocent love of a 12-year-old couple, Suzie and Sam. Chasing them, in an attempt to separate the innocent lovers: a scout troupe led by Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton), the island policeman (Bruce Willis) and Suzie's unhappy lawyer parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand).
The brilliance of this story lies in its simplicity, and while the style might not be for everyone, I absolutely ate it up. It's funny, it awkward and its pretty. It also reminded me a great deal of Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I'm a huge fan of (Wes Anderson's film prior to this one).
It's a simple story of unrequited love, and the pressures and rules that parents place on children, when in reality they are just as immature and irresponsible as their offspring.
A great watch, and one of the best films of 2012.
Well I'll be...
This is a great day. A fabulous day.
Feb 16 2013: The first day that I liked a Wes Anderson film. Finally!
My first date with Anderson was over 10 years ago. It should have gone swimmingly. Deadpan comedy. Quirky. Bill Murray. But alas, it was a disaster. After 1 hour of trying really hard, I realized that doing laundry was preferable to spending another minute with him and Rushmore.
The second date was no better. Even Gene Gene the Acting Machine couldn't hold my interest. It is not possible to have cared any less for the Tenenbaum family than I did. But I stuck around for the duration, determined to see if perhaps Mr. Anderson's Midas…
Quirky quirk quirks quirkiness. Quirk quirk quirk, quirky quirks quirk quirk quirk quirks quirky quirkiness. Quirky quirk quirk? Quirk, quirky quirk Bill fucking Murray quirk, quirk quirkiness quirky quirks quirks. Quirk quirk, quirk quirky quirky quirkiness.
Quirk Willis quirk Norton quirk quirky! Quirk quirky quirks quirk. Quirkiness quirk quirky quirkiness quirk quirk; quirk quirky quirk.
(in other words: style over substance, Anderson over emotion, quirkiness over everything else including real characters portrayed by actors who are better than this)
"I admit we knew we'd get in trouble. That part's true. We knew people would be worried, and we still ran away anyway. But something also happened, which we didn't do on purpose. When we first met each other, something happened to us."
Wes Anderson's films are pretty universally polarizing, but over the years he's managed to carve out a fairly substantial fanbase (of which I would now consider myself a part). But none of his films seem to polarize even within the fanbase itself quite like Moonrise Kingdom. In fact, from what I've heard, it often sounds like those who don't consider themselves fans enjoy this while those who do consider themselves fans do not. As with everything else,…
Symmetric frames and static cameras in profusion. Nevertheless, there is a lot going on with the very interesting characters. A nice-to-watch weird movie, very Wes Anderson.
I hate myself for saying anything disparaging about Wes Anderson's work - as I believe him to be one of the best directors ever and I love everything about his style... But this is my least favorite of his.
I think it is a testiment to how brilliant he is that THIS is his "worst".
Don't worry - I've already bitten my own tongue.
Wes Anderson's depository of high minded tricks is a sure way to invert Bar Review fatigue, even if I found this to be one of his least funny movies. Everyone else seems to think it's a comparative riot, but I literally laughed three times, the heartiest when Sam and Suzy sway on the beach to Francoise Hardy, acting as if they're Breathless miniatures. Guess I'm not relating to the youthful misunderstanding - I'm missing that idealist prism - but I also think that I just don't find Anderson that funny when he's channeling through nice people, versus the sarcastic pricks of old. A very sweet movie nonetheless, and I found myself unexpectedly touched by Bruce Willis's sacrificial gesture, allowing Sam…
"We're in love. We just want to be together. What's wrong with that?"- Suzy
Another one from Wes that I didn't like. I really can't explain why, but I guess it has something to do with his style. This film should've been great (considering the cast), but I strongly disliked it. Seriously if someone told me there was a film with Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Harvey Keitel in it I would've been sure I'd love it. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. Even the kids did a great job, but I still couldn't bring myself to like the film. 4.5/10
Film #7 in my “Weekly Wes on Wednesdays” series
The penultimate film in Wes Anderson's current filmography is assuredly one of the more enjoyable in his arsenal. Moonrise Kingdom returns to a theme Wes approached long ago - children. The very delicate relationships between the adults, and specifically parents in this film, and the children is what is at the heart of this film to me.
I also still think Moonrise Kingdom might be the most accessible Wes Anderson film. It has a very recognizable supporting cast - including Bill Murray, Bruce Willis & Frances McDormand, a beautiful, picturesque setting and plot elements and themes we can all relate to.
As I mentioned earlier, this film really centers around parents and…
Dear Wes Anderson,
Are you fucking kidding me!?
Hay algo de Wes Anderson que no me termina de gustar, me pone como nerviosa, yo creo que es el ritmo del film o la constante presencia de voz en off; sin embargo no me molesta.
El manejo tan delicado de situaciones sexuales en el film me encantó.
Mo.. sing no more, kid.
The quirkely stylished love adventure about two 12 year olds is creative and original, but redundantly empty. Starting with a pretty good first half hour, the story fell in quality the last hour ebbing down to mostly bullshit - Wes Anderson's touch on it was abundantly stylished, positively but also negatively in its lack of substance.
Well made in the cinematography and music department, with an historically enlightning and socially critical story, it creates its own world, leaving the watcher to either emotionally connect nor being left in the cold. Personally I'm a middle thing.
Coming into this movie hoping for a fresh experience lead by a creative and original directing, this movie filled the need. Still, as this is…
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…