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,…
Loved everything about this film from the witty, thoughtful dialogue to the soundtrack to the cinematography. One of my favorite Wes Anderson films and definitely holds a place in my all time top 10.
Quiet a lovely story but I found this to be (arguably) Anderson's most psychedlic and inaccessible work to this day, that is, if one takes his early caper days (Bottle Rocket) as anything to go by. Whenever the film focused on the peripheral search for the lost children and ginger balance of conscience, duty and guilty that run through the veins of all the protagonists to a degree, the film is quite entertaining in a prosaic sort of way, humorus and witty. Yet, the passages concerned with the two children and their quest for independence, fulfilled youth and paradise are remeniscent of Peter-Pan and Garden Eden panorma's (quite direct I dare say, for example Suzy reading to the boy scouts…
Moonrise Kingdom, an unconventional movie directed by Wes Anderson, uses unconventional style in its characters relationships to portray the meaning of young love in two 12 year old innocent adolescents. The two child protagonists and lovers are 12 year old sassy misfit Suzy Bishop, and Khaki Scout, Sam Shakusky, They write letters to each other which causes their feelings toward each other to blossom from strangers to lovers infatuated with each other. I loved watching the two interact with each other because it is fresh and different from your typical romance movie. By this, I mean that the audience is viewing children that are innocently in love, not two adults who lack innocence and nativity. The childhood love makes the…
The most unconventional aspect of "Moonrise Kingdom" is the point of view through which the story is told. The main characters are Sam and Suzy, two twelve-year-olds with messed up family lives, and the movie is shown from their perspectives. Because both Sam and Suzy are seen as outcasts by their families and friends, many struggles between the characters are illustrated. The viewer watches these battles from the victim's point of view, and realizes how right Sam and Suzy are, and how wrong the antagonists are. The purpose of this unconventional technique is to show the audience what it feels like to be an outcast, as well as to tap back into their childhood selves. In addition to feeling Sam and Suzy's pain as hated people, the audience can relate to the hilarious awkwardness of the youngsters' romance and their headstrong determination to make everything go their way.
There was a lot of complexity put into this movie, and to understand some of the imagery would require at least a second viewing.
"Moonrise Kingdom" uses unconventional narrative style to portray the feelings of childhood love. To begin with, much of the humor was either dry and drawn out or seemingly out of place slapstick humor. Our sense of humor is not entirely developed when we are children, and so this complete awkwardness fits well. During multiple points throughout the movie I found myself cringing out of sheer uncomfortableness, because the humor was so awkward. I enjoy watching awkward situations take place, and Wes Anderson pulled these scenes off so well I could barely handle them. However, these scenes,…
Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson, is an extremely unconventional movie in terms of its relationships and conflict, as well as many other aspects. The main relationship of the film is between two twelve year olds: an orphan Khaki Scout named Sam Shakusky and a troubled girl named Suzy Bishop. The two kids meet and become infatuated with each other because they both have nobody else in their own lives to relate to. They form a relationship and fall in love after writing letters to each other and eventually meeting up again. From the audience's perspective, the two main characters are naive kids who are both misfits in their own communities, but do not seem as if they would fit…
I don't really like Anderson's corny cinematic style. The horrible effects were unnecessary. On the other hand it's watchable because of the uniqueness
Loved it - having never been a fan of Wes Anderson's movies, I tremendously enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel earlier this year and gave his earlier works a new shot (was put off by Darjeeling Limited and The Royal Tenenbaums).
Moonrise Kingdom is accessible, it features beautiful landscapes, a somehow heart-warming story and his usual array of weird characters. As expected, they are all played brilliantly by well-known actors, except for the kids - who do a very fine job as well.
Wes Anderson's visual style worked for me here, especially the initial scout camp scene had me glued to the screen with all its details.
Moonrise Kingdom doesn't overstay its welcome, is fun throughout and certainly warrants more viewings in the future!
- 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…