IMDb.com User Rating: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94% Positive Reviews
PBJ’s Rating: 9/10 ♥’s
Wes Anderson’s latest delight Moonrise Kingdom is the kind of film that shines on my faith in filmmaking. In line with Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Royal Tenenbaums, Anderson delivers another adorably awkward and wonderfully weird tale that flirts with your psyche. The child in me got all gooey about the love story between misfits Sam and Suzy, albeit a couple scenes got way awkward. These crazy kids arranged a runaway through a series of love letters, chaos ensues.
Sam and Suzy share an emotional isolation, he from his scout troop and she from her eccentric family. They’re both considered emotionally deranged, both loners, and both very weird kids. They join in mutual weirdness [aka love] and resolve to venture off in the ‘wild’, relying on Sam’s scout skills to keep them alive. Thwarted at first by parents, police, scout leaders, etc., Sam and Suzy press on, and on, and on. And on. Honestly, these kids are crafty little shits.
Moonrise Kingdom is classic Wes Anderson style, with sterile dialogue and geometric camera work, I love that it seems like it was shot on a 3-dimensional grid. Auteur all the way, Moonrise Kingdom also carries on the Anderson habit of borderline surrealism with bits like Sam getting struck by lightening. Basically stuff that makes you think ‘WTF Wes, wasn’t expecting that’.
The casting is mint; Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and Bill Murray are the biggest names, playing within a hierarchy of authority from lawyers and adoptive parents to police and social services. Tilda Swinton’s character is actually called Social Services. Lulz. Within this dynamic I felt a tug at the child in me, but Moonrise also appeals to a place of emotional pain and family dysfunction. Quite a unique film in that way: adventurous and innocent, and then it’s not.
Maybe most of all I fetish the style of this film. The clothing, the architecture, the patterns, and of course the filmic style of the whole movie looking like it was shot in sepia!