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,…
Boy asks girl the same
"What kind of a bird are you?"
line we have all used.
I kinda feel like I have to compare this movie with The Grand Budapest Hotel because that is the only other Wes Anderson movie that I have watched. However, I think doing that would be a bit like comparing Skittles and M&Ms. I mean, they kinda look the same (other than the "M" on M&Ms). But the thing is that they taste completely different. Speaking of which, I've never understood the attraction toward Skittles, they are just so sticky and you can never have more than like three of them if you don't wanna throw up and they taste nothing like what they should taste like and every new version of it is exactly the same as the original version…
Watched at: home
Watched with: self
Damnit, Wes Anderson. I don't want to like your movies, with their preening pretension and stiff characters. Fluffed up by an American public that views anything outside the typical Hollywood du jour as novel. Wes Anderson, your movies are not novel. By and large, Wes Anderson, they are full of preening pretension and sti... ANYWAY.
But I have to admit, Wes Anderson, that you tapped into something with this Moonrise Kingdom. The way you tap into childhood. The innocence. The unexpected truths. The wistful nostalgia. Hell, the movie made me think back to my days at camp, as a scout, which is really weird because I never went to camp or was in scouts.
You, Mr Wes Anderson, sir, you…
Well, I think Wes Anderson is a genius. This Film is so charming and imaginative and I hope, he will make more films of this genre (like grand budapest hotel). One of my favourite films <3
I'm 66 1/2 years old, but this delightful, joyful, and highly artful movie made me remember what it was like to be 12!!! Truly amazing. Incidentally, it also elevated the color yellow to a whole new personal appreciation, taking it from the desperate color of kitchens to the soaring color of myth. Thank you very much, Wes Anderson.
A gem by Wes Anderson. Loved the story in this movie and Anderson's vision is so quirky and fun. I am a fan of his work and this did not disappoint.
In keeping with a style distinctly his own, Wes Anderson delivers another brilliant film. The characters, dialogue, fantastical elements, and precise framing are all here in Anderson’s romance about a (very) young couple that flees their current place of residence. It doesn’t feel like there’s anything profound because of the style, but really I think there is. It seems to focus on relationships both peer-to-peer and adult to child. What’s our responsibility to one another? This question I think is examined during the course of the film, and in the end is answered in an optimistic way. It’s a film that is certainly unique, and also funny and heartfelt, which results in it being one of the best films of…
I feel like this movie might be Wes Anderson's best. All of my favourite classic shots from him was all present in the movie. It is also applied in a way that's subtle and real in the setting(i.e. camp grounds). Since, I love all of Wes Anderson's movies, it's not really a surprise I felt the same way for this as well.
- 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!
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- 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…