Wes Anderson tells his own version of a Romeo and Juliet like love tale through an island with a lot of character and charm to spare. Beautiful cinematography, a fun story, and spectacular character development is what carries this film and it can be enjoyed by just about anyone.
I adore this film with all my heart. I view Moonrise Kingdom as Anderson's best work; every shot is beautifully executed and positioned, the colour palette is consistent all the way through, Sam & Suzy are charming. It's one of the most wholesome love stories I've ever seen or read.
Wes Anderson's best live action film, this is one of the great coming of age flicks. Moonrise Kingdom is the fleeting place between childhood and adulthood, and the storybook-like visual style clashing with the the dark narrative allows for a melancholy cognitive dissonance that captures the heartache of not knowing your place in the world, and the joy of discovering the person who will help you find it.
I absolutely adore this film. One of my favorites. I love the complexy of characters who are just kids. I love the focus on camping, outdoors skills and adventure. I love that I was expecting a somewhat cheesy and childish movie, but was interesting and had some very grown-up twists. It's one of my favorite feel-good movies for a rainy day.
Great and imaginative, with an eminent sensitiveness regarding the use of pre-recorded music. It's surprising to hear so much Benjamin Britten in a film, and there is a fine wit when the children during the end titles handle Alexandre Desplat's original score in the same didactic way like Britten handles Purcell's theme in his "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra".
Moonrise Kingdom is a film that could only have been made by Wes Anderson. The quirky characters are displayed through the fantastic cinematography, with a habit of framing shots as parallel, the unnatural world feels alive yet separate from our own. The open framing of many of the shots is fitting given how they are kids and much of the world not only feels large but also display how empty their island setting
Anderson wants to tell human stories, but his approach is dehumanising. His aesthetic reduces characters to clockwork objects; actions & consequences pre-programmed to facilitate his particular system. While technique is enviable, it robs the work of life & spontaneity. It expects the audience to fall in love with its cutesy characters & quirky narrative based on a series of stylistic fetishes, but not actual depth.
Wes Anderson has a loyal, devoted fanbase with built-in expectations of what a Wes Anderson film should be. Moonrise Kingdom delivers, but the audience it seeks to connect with goes beyond fandom or his signature whimsy; it's a film about children desperately clinging to each other to hold onto that kind of love so pure and simple that only the innocent can feel it. Hopeless romantics will find a home in this film.