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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(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…
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…
Intensely lovely and sweet. The only person who wouldn't be changed by this is the one without a heart.
"Our daughter's been abducted by one of these beige lunatics!"
Typical levels of Anderson quirk, all the performances are good and lots of pretty looking shots.
From this visuals it was a bit too "Anderson" for me. Where his other movies the style feels in support of the humor, here it feels like serving itself. But the romance is so sweet and the characters fit together in the second half so nicely. Sweet watch for dark evening.
I generally like Wes Anderson movies, but a fair criticism of a lot of them is that they tend to be a little too smart and somewhat devoid of emotion. This is absolutely not the case here. This is a wonderfully sweet movie that is also really funny at times.
A fairy tale of film featuring two great child performances and some brave directorial decisions involving them.
When I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel this year, I had to admit it was the first Wes Anderson movie I’d seen. I remember a good few of our blogging buddies recommending Moonrise Kingdom to me, and I’m just sorry it’s taken me quite this long to give it a go! After exposing myself to more action moves than I could handle, I was ready for something quieter, and this was the perfect choice.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is a beautiful story of young love. Sam (Jared Gilman) is a member of the Khaki Scouts, extremely skilled but liked by no one. He lost both of his parents and currently lives with foster parents, who he has difficulty with. Suzy (Cara…
Note: (This is my 2nd Wes Anderson film. My first was Grand Budapest.)
Wes Anderson is an auteur; that is, he has his own vision of what a movie should be. Never has that been more apparent than in Moonrise Kingdom.
Moonrise Kingdom follows two twelve-year olds as they fall in love and run away, over the course of a three day period. The plot thickens; numerous characters come in and ultimately make this an ensemble film, even though the main two characters are the twelve-year olds.
I really did like this film, but I feel as if the Grand Budapest was better. Let's start off with what I really did like:
The mood/setting: Anderson has a highly stylized vision…
Wes Anderson captures the spirit of child life in camp in the 60's magically. For aesthetic all around, you'd be hard pressed to find a film more satisfying. The film also captures the childlike need to be dangerous very well. These aren't kids living in a world of pads and safety nets, these are kids who play poker in tree houses built at lethal levels above the ground. These are kids who aren't afraid to wield scissors and chart their own course. For all this, I commend the film. I just wish that, in a movie filled with the joy of being alive as a child, they balanced it out a little with the reality of what maturing actually means. As it is, Wes Anderson's characters decide it's better to live in his version of nostalgic wonderment than it is to grow out of these tenancies.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…