Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Directed by: Wes Anderson (quick Top Five Wes Anderson Movies: 5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 4. Moonrise Kingdom 3. Rushmore 2. The Fantastic Mr. Fox 1. The Royal Tenenbaums)

Written by: Anderson and Roman Coppola

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel and Bob Balaban

What it’s about: two outcast youngsters fall in love and run away together, while their family and scout troop look for them.. sorta

B-Movie Alternate Title: Our Twee Summer

Movie Mash Up: pretty much all of Wes Anderson’s movies in a blender

What I liked: Thankfully this isn’t like the last couple live action Wes Anderson movies, and it actually feels like a different story from his trademark stuff.  Great, real and awkward performances from the two young leads, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.  Love the ensemble cast.  Love the absurdity of Anderson’s worlds.  Looks gorgeous, will have to purchase on Blu-Ray soon.

What I disliked: it didn’t feel like a complete movie, more like a snapshot of a movie.  Not that I’m saying that the movie requires artificial padding to the running time or anything, it just felt like there were more stories to tell.  Minor complaint, and I think the movie will benefit from further viewings.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Probably not my mom and step-dad since they generally have bad taste in movies, but yes, it’s a great movie and one everyone should see.

Rating: 4 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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