Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mini movie review: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom is one of those movies that I really enjoyed but am having difficulty articulating much about it.  Colorful, sweet, charming, just this side of precious due to the adult characters' sadness tempering the sweetness of the children, this is a very Wes Anderson movie, stacking right up there with The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore (I haven't seen The Fabulous Mr. Fox yet).  The adult cast is loaded, with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman and Tilda Swinton, and the two young leads playing Sam and Suzy are perfect.  The story is straightforward - 12-year olds Sam and Suzy run away together to escape their less than happy domestic situations and the locals rally to find them before the storm of the century sweeps in - but the quirky characters and their complicated interrelationships fill the 93 minute running time to bursting.  If you like Anderson's other films, you'll love this one.  If you don't know Anderson's films, what are you waiting for?   Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

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