Moonrise Kingdom – 5 out of 5
|Future Wes Anderson fan...|
|"What's that? You can actually HEAR the color of my outfit through the phone?"|
|Troubled girl? Why she looks like she's the model|
of perfect health.
|Uh oh, Bruce Willis looks like he's on the verge of Die Harding.|
I enjoy all of Wes Anderson’s quirky, bitter-sweet, often depressing to the point you wonder why some of his characters haven’t run a hot bath and drew a razor down their wrists and succumb to the cold embrace of death comedies. However, I must say that Moonrise Kingdom has become my favorite of all of them. Strange when you consider the film is almost an open mockery and satire of Anderson’s work.
|In fairness, this is the most uplifting role Murray has had since Zombieland.|
Moonrise Kingdom, from the moment it begins to the time it fades to black after the credits, seems like Wes Anderson was making a parody of his work. It was like a Wes Anderson fan decided to make a Wes Anderson movie that was so over-the-top when it concerns Wes Anderson’s style that it almost feels like it’s a circle-jerk in Wes Anderson’s honor or just a taunt at all his work over the years. As one of my friends put it when it came out, the movie is hands-down Wes Anderson-y. All the things you expect to see from Wes Anderson--the cookie-cutter characters with mommy and daddy issues he cut-and-pastes into all his scripts, the constant panning camera and odd, controlled chaotic editing--they're all here and they are all cranked up to 11!
|Harvey Keitel's mustache should have received a credit in this one.|
|Schwartzman...the King of the Hipsters--and apparently|
|"Wow...that is a really big statue of Wes Anderson."|
Despite the fact the film seems like a giant send up made either by someone who really hates or really loves Wes Anderson, the movie is an incredible piece of work and is very entertaining.