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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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.
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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)
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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…
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…
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Definitely one of Wes Anderson's great works. Great Acting, Great Characters, and a great atmosphere throughout the film. A must watch.
Part of the fifth scavenger hunt:
Loved this movie - one of those that I will end up talking about to try and get everyone to see. Great actors, beautiful sets, Wes Anderson-y directing... Love it.
What really struck me, however, was how this hyper-stylized world felt like my own childhood. Not in that I was anything similar to the characters, but in that everything was in its place, everything had a purpose. I might not agree with the place or the purpose, but I knew it existed. My days would happen without much planning on my part, and I would mostly enjoy it. I had almost forgotten that feeling.
Aww, young love.
Only Wes Anderson could pull of a scene with two tweens making out and grabbing boob and make it not weird. Well ok it was still weird, but it wasn't that bad.
Never gets old!
Watching this movie makes me wanna jump into Wes Anderson's meticulously-designed, pastel-colored universe, to run away and set up a tent at the beach.
Or, joining a Noah's ark play.
Moonrise Kingdom is deadpan, impossibly well shot, melancholic but most importunely heart felt. My main problem with Wes Anderson, a director I really do like, is that he his sly deadpan style at times can pull away from the emotion he can be so good at creating. His 7th feature is what I think to be his second best work to date, (right behind his masterpiece Rushmore). It's a sweet simple story about two pre-teen falling in love, no deeper meaning or subtext, just a great story with great characters presented by a director who couldn't make a bad looking movie if he tried.
I fell in love with the aesthetic and general feel of this film, and in my opinion I think this film is an under-appreciated classic from Wes Anderson. The archetypal Anderson look enhances the film to new heights, and really sells the fairytale storytelling style.
Other notable positive facets of the film include the colour palette to give the film a more cozy campfire spirit.
The narrative structure in the film also made this feel like a Grimm tale coming to life, and it is quite clear that Wes Anderson builds on this in Grand Budapest Hotel.
In a nutshell the film is displayed in such a way that it looks like something from a bygone era, and it hasn't got the recognition it deserves as a cinematic classic.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…