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To be honest, I really did not know what to make of this film after the first watching. I enjoyed it, but didn't find it that funny!!!! The performances from the leads - Willis, Norton, Swinton and Murray are rather sublime but it's the strangely enigmatic acting from the 'young newbies' Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward that steal the show as two pubescent children taking comfort and solace in each others company as they escape the strangeness of their lives. Pursued by their respective so-called "responsible adults", (that's the funny bit, I suppose?), they desperately try to find consolation in an effort to make some sense out of their muddled lives. I had to watch it three times before I could come to a conclusion - it is a good film; in my opinion a very thought provoking one. Perhaps I took it too seriously? However, I found it hard not too! Good film - not what I expected, but I think I got much more out of it because of this.
My family and I absolutely adore Wes Anderson films, so this is ofc part of our collection. It is a very enjoyable film that is funny and witty. The only think I would say that compared to some of his other films this seems more aimed at a younger viewera audience, so does not contain some of the more adult humour that some of the other films possess
Wes Anderson's passion for whimsy is again showcased in this almost unbearably quirky tale of a pair of teenage `lovers' in New England, who resort to extreme measures to be together. Newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward are well cast as the alternative `star cross'd lovers', whilst top actors including Bruce Willis as deceptively shy police chief, Ed Norton as an insecure Scout master with hidden depths, and Tilda Swinton as a ruthless Social Worker, are imaginatively deployed and contribute to an affecting and hugely enjoyable film, which only occasionally strays into the ridiculous.
An uplifting and original film which makes one chuckle for days afterwards. It has all the usual hallmarks of a Wes Anderson film but is very different from the The Royal Tenebaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, keenly observed, absurd, beautifully filmed based around a young boy and his coming of age, although this story is centred on a scout camp, an island, a storm and an amazing scene at a church! The cast is scattered with the usual Wes Andesron favourite actors playing parts that are very different yet all equally memorable. A Great Friday night in movie!
Relax and go with the flow with this film. Great actors and actresses carry off a story filled with strange and bizarre happenings which are yet quite 'ordinary ' events. There is a touch of dread that things may not work out which heightens the feeling of relief and satisfaction when things do finally work out happily for the characters you have come to care for.
Moonrise Kingdom certainly deserves its sole Oscar nomination (Original Screenplay). It really should have gotten more. The story did not start off slowly at all and gets straight to the interesting part. The interactions between characters were written entertainingly sharp, delivered by an excellent cast of actors. The two amazing young stars are certainly the ones that stood out the most. The color palette, while not to everyone's taste, fits the fairy tale suggested by the setting. Wes Anderson was often criticized for making films that are essentially "dollhouses", but this one actually has scenes that were very honestly human (the 'romantic' scenes at the beach, for example).
A perfect balance of humour, satire and fantasy. Great performances, especially from the young leads, all pulling together to make a warm-hearted and quirky film that stands out from the current rash of Hollywood remakes and rom-coms. Arguably wes Anderson's best to date.