Thursday, June 7, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom includes all that is wonderful in the director's other movies, and, in spite of the familiarity of his visual and narrative tropes, it is altogether special.

Wes Anderson is a truly unique American talent, and his bringing together of sweetly alienated flawed characters is always engaging. Sometimes there is too much woodenness and visual flair, overwhelming or blunting the emotional dimensions of the movies, but Moonrise Kingdom conveyed a deep, constant current of pathos. The characters all had stoic good cheer or at least reasonableness, covering up type of internal or existential suffering, and Anderson treated each of them with respect, sympathy, and dignity.

Moonrise Kingdom is about two 12 year old runaway lovers on an island. Precocious and alienated kids. Their being missing mobilizes the adults (and other children) around them, as several search parties cover the island to find them. The adults are no more or less together than the children, and the mixture of lost, inept, but fundamentally decent characters was wonderfully moving.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Agreed--like most Wes Anderson, quirky with an occasional sense of dread. If David Mamet was loony, he would be Wes Anderson.