Film of the Week: Moonrise Kingdom

Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Written by: Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Francis McDormand, and Tilda Swinton

Plot: It is the era  of the 1960s, the setting a New England coast, the weather a calm before the storm. Star-crossed lovers named Sam & Suzy flee their homes, causing their town to form a search party to find them.

Mini-review: Despite the dollhouse feel and the warm, youthful aesthetic, the world of Moonrise Kingdom is deceptively dangerous. The Boy Scouts behave themselves like soldiers and the danger of the environment makes its presence well known. Embracing the usual Wes Anderson quirk, Moonrise Kingdom’s characters are not just odd for the sake of being odd. The dialogue is blunt and brash, creating some very imperfect, but lovable characters. Perhaps the most important character is the innocence of Sam and Suzy, which is given a nostalgic flare, perhaps nostalgic not to history, but to our own childhood adventures and curiosities–no matter how dangerous those desires were.

Wes Anderson’s films, like any other films, are not for everyone. Each of his films give off a certain essence in our lives, one that is hard to put into words, but within reach enough to feel. I do not know what exactly Moonrise Kingdom has made me feel, but I know it has something to do with beaches, khakis, and young love.


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