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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…
As Spinal Tap would say, the quirkiness factor was turned up to 11 on this one. I am not a Wes Anderson fan, but the quirk in this one caught my attention a little more than usual. Mostly a sweet story about kids in love with all the usual suspects running around.
Quality actors being charming. I liked it.
Moonrise Kingdom may be the best visually told Wes Anderson story at the expense of realism. The quality of this film exceeds realism and moves into a neo-realism based on the storybook made to satisfy children. The characters don't feel as real as the other Wes Anderson movies, but as mentioned before, the neo-realism gives the audience an effect of feeling like this is a story told via third party with little intonation in tone. The colors, soundtrack, and symmetrical framing are of course the highlights in any Wes Anderson flick with the first and the last mentioned feature being prominent within this film. Wes Anderson uses French New Wave techniques combined with a sense of nostalgia to complete a work of art.
where can you go wrong with a wes anderson movie? 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻👌🏻✨✨
Watching 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' I remember being impressed by the unique comic quality to the piece that wasn't all superficial and slapstick. Watching 'Moonrise Kingdom' was a similar experience. I guess I am getting a hang of Wes Anderson's style, and his uncommon packaging of a story where he retains a memory of reality, and allows the plot to develop in a way that makes one think of an alternate universe.
Wes Anderson makes movies that make one feel good. You get your entertainment, in terms of laughs, with a side order of catharsis now and then.
This was the first Wes Anderson film I'd seen in the cinema. I was aware of Royal Tenenbaums but I hadn't seen it, and I'd watched Life Aquatic on DVD but it hadn't done much for me. As a result I went into Moonrise Kingdom with no expectations.
It's safe to say that Moonrise Kingdom won me over with it's enchanting atmosphere of nostalgia and romance.
The cinematography, music, locations and actors are all excellent. The child actors even shine here, which is a real rarity. The story is set in the 60s and by filming on grainy 16mm with warm colours the film captures the feeling perfectly, you could almost be fooled into thinking it was made in the…
So pretty. So yellow. Innocent, but in a nice subdued way, not campy and unrealistic. Well, getting struck by lightning and being totally fine afterward is a bit unrealistic, but I mean the innocent part.
It's the first day of fall, which to me is the perfect excuse to rewatch MOONRISE KINGDOM. The movie exists somewhere between the end of summer and beginning of fall, when the leaves are just starting to change and the weather gets a little cooler. It's one of my favorite times of the year and MOONRISE KINGDOM gets it like no other.
It's cute and pretty and quirky, but maybe a bit too quirky in a bad way. Maybe a bit try hard? I love the actors, but i can't seem to like Wes Anderson's films much apart from some pretty colours and cute moments. I think i got a bit bored at some point as well...a bit exaggerated but i cant emphasise the prettiness of the colours enough.
Idk. If you want to watch a running away into the bush film watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople instead.
my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
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