Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

I’ve seen two Wes Anderson films in the last day, and so far Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is my favourite of the two (having watched The Darjeeling Limited (2009)). Being more used to the stylised world that Anderson creates when placed in a small world such as the fictional New England Island where two young lovers runaway to be together. Whereas the earlier film is more open to a country that three brothers travel across on a train.

Moving away from my preferences of the two film to  the innocent plot that sees two very aware pre-teen outcasts Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) who find each other in the strangest way, yet feels very instinctive, leading to what feels like a small Island community dropping everything to find a boy-scout and reclusive girl who have taken off for a life alone together. It’s really sweet when you think about it. Both self-aware of their own lives and short-comings, just embracing the awkwardnesses that make them unique whilst everyone else goes mad looking for them.

First on the lookout is Scout-Master Ward (Edward Norton) a part time maths teacher who leads his boys on the search, who really don’t care about the orphan outcast. Before the a lonely Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) of the police gets a search underway. Whilst at the other end of the island a peculiar girl with an attachment for binoculars looks on for a signal to make a run for it.

You could say that Wes Anderson’s world is santised and controlled, I would say nostalgic and romantic, longing a world that combines the particular past and ideal future, that looks like comic books in terms of the camera movements, reading from one panel to the next as the action unfolds. Which would not be complete without another turn from Bill Murray as Mr Bishop, Suzy’s father who takes the situation in his stride. Playing opposite newcomer Frances McDormand to this world adapting to this world as the mother Mrs Bishop who has to see what is important in her life.

The search is over faster than I thought it would be, still it’s a short film, making way for more antics to happen, the relationship between the young couple is strong, leading them to join up again into a more daring mission to be together, something Suzy’s parents don’t want. But we do. They seem so adult whilst at the same time naive to the world they are about to enter into, just as they have discovered these new emotions.

The action is child lead in this comedy has everything I love about Anderson who lifts from his own experiences to give us a heartfelt romance, without all the mush, it’s sweet but innocent and funny at the same time. Whilst the order is maintained by the adults, and even future predicted by them. It makes me more than ever want to see The Grand Budapest Hote(2014).

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4 responses

  1. Somehow, some way, everything that Wes Anderson does here, comes together oh so perfectly in a nice, neat, and cute way. And I loved it for that reason. Good review Tim.

    March 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    • Its hard to sum up his world in words without starting to sound stupid or pretentious, I just love what he does. Thanks Dan.

      March 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

  2. I liked this movie .. it was different and had several actors who obviously enjoyed playing ‘out of type’.INorton: I kept thinking “Who is that guy? I’ve seen him before”. Well Norton usually plays heavies so i didn’t recognize him. Willis was good too. Only Murray seemed completely out of place for some reason, and didn’t seem to know what to do with his role. The song Kaw-Liga was perfectly placed.

    March 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    • I think they relish it, something out of the ordinary to play. I think Murray is really suited to Anderson’s world.

      March 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

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