Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, making a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities tries to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore—and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Anderson was interested in filmmaking and performance from a young age, shooting crude Super-8 movies and staging elaborate school plays. As a philosophy student at the University of Texas at Austin, Anderson found a kindred spirit in classmate Owen Wilson, who shared the director’s passion for playwriting and watching classic films of the ‘70s. The two became roommates and lingered at UT; as Anderson honed his skills at a local public access television station and Wilson performed in local stage productions. The duo then set out to shoot a full-length script they wrote, titled Bottle Rocket, recruiting two of Wilson’s brothers, Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson, to perform. Despite Andrew’s production connections in Austin, however, the team eventually ran out of film stock and funds, and they had to edit their footage into a 13-minute short. The black-and-white production eventually found its way to fellow Texan filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson, a family friend… read more
A lot of people I have watched this with hated it. They found it boring and strange. Honestly, my only advice is to not take the film too seriously. Sit back, relax, and allow yourself to laugh. If you try to overanalyze everything, you will be left holding a bag of plot holes. I pulled from the film the things I liked, and ignored the parts that were questionable. Cute take on the young love story.
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No mistaking who’s directed this one.
A vedere il miglior film per ragazzi dell’annata mancavano proprio i ragazzi. Se non fosse stato per Giulia e per i tre bambini entrati per lo spettacolo successivo, lo (scarso) pubblico incrociato… read review
In a world where bland, generic filmmaking is the norm, Wes Anderson has (over the years) restored my faith that cinema can be something more, something greater than merely palliative entertainment… read review
Title: Moonrise Kingdom
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Wes Anderson