Moonrise Kingdom Reviews
I must give applause to Wes Anderson to his directing skills in this movie. Every shot was aligned perfect and had a purpose. This movie told such a story and displayed such a personality through just the shots. The style of this movie also made it a must watch. The mix of comedy and drama is off the charts and creates such an unique feeling like no other.
There is not a single dull one dimensional character in this movie. Each character is one of a kind and just amazing. Sam and Suzy are absolutely amazing in this movie. They have such a chemistry and own every second of screen time they have. This movie has an almost enigma feel to it that cannot be described, this movie has that certain it factor that is so hard to achieve.
Moonrise Kingdom is a must see movie that I consider a true classic. Its truly a special movie that can never be recreated again.
Moonrise Kingdom is a comedy without jokes. The subject matter would be serious, if it weren't presented in such a way that constantly holds a mirror up to itself to recognise its own absurdity. The visual comedy is executed brilliantly, and the acting is stoic and deadpan - even when it really shouldn't be - which adds to the style and humour. To treat the ridiculous with utter seriousness is the key to the laughs here, and to do that, constant parallels are drawn on other popular movie tropes.
This is a film about a troubled soldier and orphan, that escapes from his platoon in order to run away with a girl he met (also troubled), whom he had been secretly communicating with. His own platoon is sent after him to hunt him down, and bring him in - but being the least popular (see troubled, again), they don't mind so much if he's brought in dead or alive. A deadly cat and mouse game ensues.
Only, these aren't soldiers at all. They're boy scouts. The "prison break" involves nothing more complicated than cutting a hole in the side of his tent and escaping, but the hole is covered-up with a map, a la Shawshank Redemption. As the movie progresses, it becomes clearer and clearer that the Khaki Scouts are an analogy for soldiers, and there's some brilliantly funny scenes walking through camp where we see the little boy scouts running obstacle courses, marching in unison, zip-lining and setting off rockets... all drives home this wonderfully absurd mix of the serious and child-like, which permeates everything about the film.
Another favourite Anderson staple of mine that appears here, is the symmetrical composition, and fast 90 degree camera swivels. Every shot in the film is painstakingly arranged for maximum effect, and every frame is a work of art. Attention to detail is everything here, and every element - from the yellow tint that gives every shot the feel of an old photograph - to the flowery French text that appears as captioning - all is specifically designed to evoke some kind of reaction - and in this case, it's to give the film grounding and context as a 60's era piece of euro-cinema.
In short, this film is nothing short of brilliant, and absolutely on par with Grand Budapest Hotel. Fans of that movie are guaranteed a good time with this one.