Watched Jul 20, 2012
Karl von Randow’s review:
Anderson is very honest in this film. It is most definitely a Wes Anderson film, and it turns out I'm not a big fan of Wes Anderson films. I quickly tired of the dripping fakeness, and I struggled to be amused by situations and acting so constructed to amuse.
The children were the stars of the film and they played their parts well. However, I didn't feel like I was seeing the child actors in the roles as much as I was seeing Anderson's direction. This makes the film well and truly his.
Moonrise Kingdom is beautifully shot and graded. And naturally it delivers Bill Murray, albeit in moderation. Seeing Murray and Willis on screen together was a nice moment; two actors enjoying the evolution of their careers. The story is simple and gentle, with a few nice surprises, and overall produces a coherent and enjoyable picture.