Finally got round to watching this Wes Anderson flick and I loved it – however I still stand my ground in saying The Grand Budapest Hotel was his best film yet. The difference between the two is it felt like in Moonrise Kingdom he was still trying to perfect the balance between substance and style, something he successfully managed to do in the Grand Budapest Hotel.
We are not here to talk about The Grand Budapest Hotel, however. Moonrise Kingdom is the film I am here to review and I absolutely loved it. Admittedly it is lacking slightly as far as substance goes, but don’t let that put you off the film because it is a unique and quaint love story between two children.
Moonrise Kingdom, as mentioned above, is a love story between two young teenagers who meet at a play and decide to run away with each other. The bulk of the film is based around people trying to find the young eloper’s, who ran off to find an old pathway. Once they manage to find the children a whole group of children then “rescue” the eloper’s and a poor Scout Master Ward loses all of his kids just as a flood is approaching. Long story short – the eloper’s eventually get to see each other all the time in the end.
As with all Wes Anderson films Moonrise Kingdom had absolutely amazing art direction and literally wowed me. To be able to make a Scout camp fit in to your own style is tricky but my goodness does Wes Anderson manage well. Even the clothes and make up in the film were incredibly subtle ways of hinting at Anderson’s style. The use of colour in Anderson’s films leaves them being aesthetically pleasing and, dare I say it, more interesting to watch than most films that are often left somewhat colourless and more boring.
In some ways Wes Anderson’s style reminds me of French Film making mixed in with Edward Scissorhands. Or even just theatre, the amount of actors he will have in one continuous shot reminds me of the way the theatre works. In Moonrise Kingdom this is shown in the house of the young girl who runs away. Going through the different rooms it almost looks like Anderson set it up to be just like a theatre production. It is a surprisingly amazing effect in films.
In my honest opinion, I think Wes Anderson is going to be remembered 500 years from now as one of the greatest Writer/Directors of our time. Talking of writing the script was co-written by Roman Polansky and Wes Anderson and is very deserving of all the awards it obtained. If I could write even half as good as they did for this film I would be rich by now. The humour is quirky enough to be loved by all but also subtle enough to satisfy my fussy interests.
The soundtrack is also noteworthy, I am actually a huge fan of Alexander Desplat who also worked on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowa and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He has a really good understanding of instruments and knows how to use them to his advantage to create a unique and quirky sound for films. I think that his best work has been for Wes Anderson because I feel like he really understands what Anderson is after in his films.
As far as performances go every single member of the cast seemed to have a strong understanding of the script and clearly Wes Anderson knew exactly what he wanted from the actors because in ever film of his that I was watched the acting seems to be impecable to the style.
What a great film! Do you like it as much as I do?
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