Moonrise Kingdom

So I figured I’d do a review of sorts…

Over the last few months I’ve barely written on here and it’s basically because all my writing time has been taken up by scripts/storyboards. Also my writing time has taken a significant dent given that Euro 2012 has been on…

But today before the second semi-final gets underway I thought I’d do a review of Moonrise Kingdom, my favorite film of 2012 so far…

Most people agree that Wes Anderson’s first three features (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums) are great, but feel that his latter work is all style and severely lacking in substance. While some (like me) feel that all of his work is of the same high standard and that his unique style sets him apart from pretty much every other director working today. Needless to say Moonrise Kingdom had a lot riding on it with huge expectation from the believers and naysayers a like.

In my opinion the film more than delivers on these expectations. It has everything we’ve all come to expect from a Wes Anderson picture plus a whole lot more. The addition of Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton and the two young leads adds a great new dimension to the regular cast members of Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman (although I have to admit that I missed the presence of a Wilson Brother).

Unlike Wes’ other films this was a lot more plot driven than character in my opinion and it was nice change, some people have criticized the final act and have stated that the films tone is a little erratic. I don’t see it, maybe I’m blind with bias for all Wes does (I say maybe but mean definitely)  but I loved the final act, it was so over the top and yes it shifted in tone from the rest of the film but I like it when a film keeps me on my toes!

As you would expect his usual visual flair and style is on full show, I feel it’s become a redundant topic with his films now, he has his style, you either like it or you don’t. I LOVE IT!

So yea in summary, I loved Moonrise Kingdom, it is by far the best film I have seen in 2012 (I think To Rome With Love and The Dark Knight Rises may give it a run for it’s money however) and I would advise you all to go and see it as soon as you possibly can before it leaves cinema’s!


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