Posted on 8/10/12 08:26 PM
With all the great reviews hailing it the king of the summer I went in expecting the best movie of the year, and came out satisfied, yet without the smallest of my expectations met.
The plot takes place on an island in North America (no names in the film are memorable, not the setting, the only ones I remember are the two leads and that the scout troop is call khaki scouts), where a twelve year old socially awkward boy (Sam) runs away from his khaki scout troop with a twelve year old girl with anger issues (Suzy). While they run away the parents of the girl and and the khaki scout troop go out to find them, while Sam and Suzy end up falling in love. The plot goes on and I won't say anymore past that, but overall the plot wasn't to impressive, it was a little heartwarming at the end, but I still wasn't overly impressed. (Note this may because I was expecting an extremely good movie because of all the great critic reviews) In my opinion the movie plot felt like it was trying to be artsy, yet there were so many parts (and characters for that matter) that just felt a little clunky, or didn't make sense, (SPOILER: things like the kid getting himself struck by a giant bolt of lightning and suddenly waking up alright while the people that were chasing him were gone, then suddenly re-appeared (they left or something?) to chase him again once he re-united with the girl) it made it feel longer than it actually was. Now don't get me wrong the plot was actually solid, and I by no means didn't like the movie, but I didn't love it either, it's just highly overrated (in the reviews I read at least). It is heartwarming in the end, so there is that. 7.1/10
Characters and Performances
I actually found all of the characters to be stale, and having tons of stale characters made the performances the actors gave to seem stale. Now I can see why the two leads might need to be stale characters given their situation, and possibly see how the scout leader (Edward Norton) could be stale as well, but every other character suffered the same problem. Now the acting and characters were by far no where near bad, but nobody stood out, they were all solid, and all passable, but nothing impressive, it just seemed stale. 6.7/10
Soundtrack and Visuals
Now I feel the movie was going for what the Artist did by dating everything, this time giving it a 60's esque feel, and it worked well for most the movie. Yet I will say at parts I could see a little more modern graphics in it which partly soiled the the whole 60's movie feel it was going for, it would be like watching the Artist and then randomly one scene has 2012 style graphics and then back to the black and white silent film. The soundtrack was also solid, but it felt like it too was trying to be artsy, and it succeeded a little bit more than the actual plot. Overall the soundtrack and visuals were solid for what they were, but again nothing impressive. 7.4/10
It was a solid, good film (despite me nagging on the movie more than praising it), but it is not as good as it was made out to be (one of the best of the year). When I think of the best movie moments of the year so far I will think how the Avenger's kept me at the edge of my seat in a full theatrical joyride, how The Secret World of Arriety had me crying over a character I didn't like at first and who wasn't dead nor dying, how Chronicle left me thinking about what a hero was, and how the Dark Knight Rises stunned me with all the moves and plot twists it pulled, and so on. With all of that, Moonrise Kingdom won't get a glance of thought from me as one of the best films of the year (especially since there is still half a year of movies left to see). Overall Moonrise Kingdom is good and actually heartwarming, but don't go in expecting it to be one of the best movies of the year like I did otherwise you will be severely disappointed. 7.0/10