Written By: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward & Bruce Willis
What’s not to love about ‘Rushmore,’ ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ & ‘Bottle Rocket’??? The truth about Wes Anderson is that he is a gifted and prolific filmmaker. His vision is unique, special and in other words inspiring. His direction and story arc is blossoming in each movie he does.
Having said this, Moonrise Kingdom is a strange one. The boy and girl, Kara Hayward & Jared Gilman, are incredibly well suited to play their roles as exocentric, gifted children. There is a scene in the film were the two run off and camp at a beach claming it for their own. This scene is incredibly uncomfortable, given that they are in their underwear, but the films awkwardness turns to heartfelt moments of clarity and innocence.
Nothing is off about this movie… except the story line. For some reason the audience doesn’t truly connect with the characters. Something is lost in the translation of children living as adults as apposed to adults living as children, which is the base of so many of his early films.
The painful part of this review is that the movie is wonderful. It’s Imaginative, clairvoyant, and downright fun. Possibly Anderson’s best cast yet with Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman all doing an amazing job at cultivating the quirky reality Anderson so desires. Everything about this film is amazing and yet the audience seems a little distant from the plot.