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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.
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 remember (perhaps best seen by Suzy's scream during her ear piercing - "do the other one"). I could…
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.
I adore the medium of film. The fact that anything can happen, in any place, any time period, excites me in a way nothing else can. Of course, there's the stinkers of the movie world, but for every unfortunate event playing out on screen, there's two or three prodigious ones. However, the film world may be dandy and fresh, but there's one thing that has always got on my nerves.
Whenever a child star portrays a lead character in a film, they almost never receive top billing. It's always some A-List actor who will rake in the cash that gets his name at the very top. It's true with Moonrise Kingdom. In fact, the two leads aren't even on the…
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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…
Is Moonrise Kingdom a film about true love, or childhood naivety? I’m hoping for the former but I can’t help but think it’s the latter. Anderson has created such a wonderful, charming film delivering a childlike experience of what we perceive to be our first love but has drenched it with adult issues of infidelity, responsibility and grief. The film is at its core a sad film, a tragedy much like every other Anderson joint. Suzie’s parent’s broken relationship and Sam’s lack of parents, pushes them towards each other as a means of finding something more in this fantasy world which they both appear to have hidden in.
The dialogue is crisp and witty and Anderson’s unabashed position on puberty…
Best Wes Anderson film my arse!
I consider myself a big fan of the director but this film borders on a Wes parody. This time around his arch style suffocates the slim (read: non-existent) story to the point you wonder if this is an elaborate joke on all his detractors who call him a one trick pony. The symmetrical framing, stilted line delivery and quirky playfulness has little of the charm of his earlier films, instead it is merely laboured and irritating.
The film is devoid of Anderson’s normally great and memorable characters. In fact the only one who left any real positive impression was regular collaborator, Jason Schwartzman, in a small cameo role. Sadly newer additions, particularly Bruce Willis…
Moonrise Kingdom is almost perfect. It precision is breathtaking; every word, every step, every gesture, every prop, every inch of costume, every bit of music & score has a purpose. Seeing that across the entire run time of the film is oddly satisfying.
This story is so charming it had me smiling throughout. The performances from every single cast member were brilliant.
I think this rivals The Grand Budapest Hotel as my favourite Wes Anderson film ... I look forward to seeing it again.
Eccentric yet charming. I thought this film was just good overall! Loved the color scheme, the framing of the shots, the writing and direction! It's kinda weird but great seeing Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and Bill Murray all in the same film! All completely different from each other but it works!
I've been trying to watch this for a while and finally got around to it. Glad I did!
Eccentric and funny, this movie about young love seemed so random at first, but proved to be a charmer at the latter half. Wes Anderson's style may seem pretentious and a bit "hipster", but it gets enchanting once acquired. The quirkiness reminded me a bit of Pushing Daisies.
Very unique and typical screenplay and visual of Wes Anderson's works. The charming music, once again, from my beloved composer, Alexandre Desplat. Ah, I want to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) again.
Moonrise Kingdom is as close to a genuinely friendly film as Wes Anderson has ever got, being that its core group of characters, although broken, aren’t self-destructive narcissists who seem to show a contempt for the world that they live in.
Drawing inspiration from François Truffaut and George Roy Hill, this is a story of first love between misfits Sam (Gilman) and Suzy (Hayward). Drawn to each other, they find a grounded understanding of the self as seen through the eyes of another kindred spirit. This is unprocessed emotion captured in a way Anderson’s past films haven’t, and the two young leads boldly throw themselves into the demanding roles.
do you think when Wes Anderson sings love songs he changes the pronouns to yellow or??
First Wes Anderson experience for me. Beautifully shot with a very distinct and polished style. Story was quick in pace and full of cute/charming moments, with their own unique quirky flavor. The whole film kind of felt like watching a world unfold as if in a snow globe or a panorama. Certainly a film created with passion and painfully meticulous care.
prob my fave wes anderson one
This was just as uncomfortable to watch as the last time
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