Movie Review: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom- Random and Charming

This past week had so much potential to be a great movie week, but it was a bit of a letdown.  I was thoroughly looking forward to watching Rock of Ages and jamming out to all the songs I grew up on…Journey, Poison, all the good stuff.  But alas, it got horrible Rotten Tomatoes review, so I decided to wait for the DVD.  Movie tickets are so darn expensive these days that they better be freakin life-changing if I’m going to spend the dough to watch it in theatres.  Instead, we landed on watching Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

Overall, I thought it was better than good, but not amazing.  It’s a typical Wes Anderson movie with randomness (gnome-like narrator and trampoline acrobatics) and tortured main characters.  I must say I did chuckle a lot because of the absurdity of the given situation.  The quirky characters are well portrayed, especially the 2 lovebirds, who happen to be kids.  One’s an orphaned Khaki Scout, the other a troubled girl with binoculars and Sunday shoes.  There are charming kid moments juxtaposed with moments of truth on life’s hardships that seem wise beyond their years.  For those that have been living under a rock and haven’t seen the previews yet, here’s the Rotten Tomatoes synopsis.  Couldn’t have said it better:

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.

I don’t know if any of you ever watched In Living Color where Damon Wayons and Alan Grier spoof Siskel and Ebert with a skit called Men on Film.  Their version of thumbs up and down were in the form of snaps and Z-formations.  Remember?  The ultimate form of praise being…2 snaps up and a Z formation!  Well, I’d give this movie 1.5 snaps up.  Worth a see- charming and entertaining, a good activity for a lazy afternoon.

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom- Random and Charming

  1. oh, “rock of ages” got bad review? i guess “beauty + talent” (as Julianne) don’t make you a big star.
    — m

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