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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.
This was sold to me as being a remake of the classic British film "Melody" (also known as S.W.A.L.K.). Well, it is about two children who are in love, but there is none of the charm , wit or innocence of the original. It was a strange film. Most of the acting was wooden and sort of staccato. Killing the dog with an arrow through the neck was not necessary. The supposedly pubescent girl did not need to be seen in her bra and knickers, with the boy placing his hands on her chest, or subsequently the two of them in bed in a tent. The story could have been told much better with things implied rather than shown. Overall disappointing and not worth watching.
The preposterous plot and strange declamatory acting do nothing to detract from the sheer delight of this tender, sweet, witty and weirdly affecting little masterpiece. I especially loved the wonderful use of music, the countless visual jokes, and the gentle but determined way Wes Anderson subverts so many tired genres (troubled adolescents, missing children, unfulfilled lives, unlikely friendships). Warmly recommended - and for Wes Anderson fans an essential addition.
Weird but rather wonderful. You WILL watch this more than once. The characters are all pretty much dysfunctional but in that oh-so-human way that we can easily relate too. You'll recognise traits in every one of them which make them al the more endearing :-) The kids do a sterling job of leading this star-studded cast. I just love it for those times I want some light (and slightly surreal) relief. Buy it!!
Taken me 7 years to get to see it,its a shambles of a movie,absolutely terrible.The cast is to kill for but the two young leads are played but two youngsters who clearly havnt acted before,the whole film disappoints on so many levels.I don't know what the other reviewers were watching.
The Wesness is there to see, but curdled. The sweetness of the idea loses out to the queasy love story which strays close to voyuerism. Watch it on the TV for free. A few bits of neat cinematography tho.
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
Can't really add much to better reviews but we thought it was great on so many levels script, pace, casting, music, the way it was shot & the way it captures a time. Gentle Humour well done. So much to enjoy - chuckling now remembering the conversations the young lass has with her mother & the way it was played - just great. & super quality. A film that has stuck with us as a great experience & unlike so many that have been enjoyed & then just stuck on the shelf this has come off to be watched & really enjoyed again. Definately recommend it.
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.