Melina Gunnett

August 14, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom – Review

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , , , , — Melina Gunnett @ 5:37 AM

Moonrise Kingdom movie poster

Quirky is the best way I can descrbe Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

 This movie is full of almosts; the writing is almost bad, the acting is almost overdone, the costumes are almost silly. Almsot is the word, because while it tiptoes on the border of all these things and could have easily been a disaster, it never falls over the edge. Somehow it all works.

 Books are a continuous theme throughout the movie. Suzy, one of the main characters is an avid reader. She loves books, hauling a suitcase of them on her journey and sharing them with others along the way. The director takes this theme and uses is as part of his stylistic aproach to the movie. He manages to capture the feel of a children’s story being lived out in ‘real life’.

The world (set in 1960’s America) is created as though it is all viewed through the eyes of a child. It story begins with a scene introducing us to Suzies family, all viewed as though we are looking a living dolls in a giant doll house. This type of perspective continuse thought the story through the climax that ends in a scene that could have been an illustration directly from a book.

Everything that happens has an exaggerated, larger than life feel, as though we are seeing the story as it has been recalled from a child’s memories. The tree house is set 40 feet high, the 12 mile island is a vast forest that takes days to transverse, and the adults are all well meaning, but clueless.

The basic story is of that of Suzy and Sam, two preteen misfits that meet at a play and form a pen pal love relationship. They hatch a plan to meet up again and run away together, sending the entire island (where Suzy lives and Sam is staying at a ‘Khaki Scout’ camp) on a hysterical search.

If you ever felt out of place and misunderstood this film will resonate with you. Wes Anderson did a brillant job caputring the intensity, honesty and absurity that comes with the transition from childhood to adulthood.


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