‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Review: Wes Anderson’s Stamp is All Over This Charming Young Romance

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Wes Anderson’s latest is a cute without being safe and edgy without being too dark for its young stars.

I sort of have a love-hate relationship with most of Wes Anderson’s films. While I am constantly entertained by his unique style, I find that he is merely doing it just to be different. Different is good in many cases, but sometimes his style can be a bit overbearing and actually ruin a perfectly good story. Luckily, Moonrise Kingdom manages to overcome these issues and just let the characters and story unfold before us in a wonderfully poetic manner.

The beginning of the film is very Wes Anderson-y. There are a lot of things that only his fans might enjoy. But here we also have some very subtle character development between the jarring camera swivels and a soundtrack that only Wes himself would put together. Still though, his gimmicks are a bit distracting until the story becomes really interesting.

The second half of the film is much stronger. The characters have been further fleshed out and a very real romance has budded between the two young stars. The cooky adults’ search for the pair also bring many of the film’s biggest laughs. The all star cast does a wonderful job across the board. My favorite performance was probably Edward Norton’s as the scout master, but Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, and Bill Murray are all great too.

The end of the film is something of a marvel that keeps you guessing while also somewhat satirical of movies that have a much larger budget than this one. The ending was pitch perfect, something that this writer believes Anderson has struggled with in the past.

Moonrise Kingdom is likely the director’s best film yet. Held together by a wonderful cast and a touching story, this island is one you may want to visit again and again. Grade: A-

One Response to ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Review: Wes Anderson’s Stamp is All Over This Charming Young Romance

  1. Ben says:

    I agree with your assessment of Wes Anderson’s style in general. I actually feel bad that I missed this flick. Even if it’s still around by me, I don’t know that I’m going to go and see it before it comes out on Netflix. But I think this is one film we’d probably have more similar feelings about.

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