My Moonrise Kingdom Review

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    Jul 07, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    Who can hate a film directed by Wes Anderson? No one. His new film, Moonrise Kingdom is possibly one of the most charming and cinematic work audiences have seen in years. The combination of strong performances, a magnificent plot, and superb camera work makes this film such an enjoyable piece of work to watch.

    It is the summer of 1965 and two youths have fallen in love and try to escape the island they feel secluded on. This quirky couple may have different backgrounds, but they both share the experience of exclusion, misunderstanding, and social awkwardness. The combination of these characteristics creates a unique bond, a youthful spirit, and a yearn for independence which makes these two such an admiration to watch on screen.

    This comedy-drama couldn’t be anymore perfect. The film is filled with subtle humor and a straightforward plot, and props / costumes that that are reminiscent of the 1960s era. It is the story of young love and the pursuit to find peace and happiness in an adult world of conformity. It is truly a perfect example of the social change during the era and the generation gap of conservatives (the adults) and progressives (the children). These polar opposite views from the characters mesh together to form a thought provoking film about the portrayals of kids and adults.

    What can make a Wes Anderson film even more perfect? Camera work! The director is famous for his usage of mise en scene, static and dolly shots, and equally divide shots creates a visual story of its own. The third person point of view feels we are in the film itself observing the story or like we are reading a book that is filled with illustrated pictures. I love how Wes makes the film appear like we participating in the story as well (POV shots, and the binocular shots) and at the same time watching the interaction of characters. The combination of these shots allows the audience to become more in touch and have emotions for them which ultimately creates a wonderfully crafted movie of beautiful character development.

    I believe this film will become a classic in terms of studies in cinematography and social issues. The changes in colors, costumer designs, and lighting will be noted in future studies. The main social issues of independence, love, and the understandings of youths and adults will also play a major component in the analyzation of the film as a whole. All in all, I can’t wait for this movie to come out in DVD so I can study it further and find out even more interesting observations!

    P.S: Sorry for grammar errors, tell me what you think! icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 07, 2012 9:53 AM GMT
    A good film.

    Almost as good as FANTASTIC MR. FOX.
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    Jul 07, 2012 9:59 AM GMT
    I really enjoyed it. I thought Edward Norton in particular was hilarious and the two young leads did a good job.

    I have one major criticism though. Not enough Tilda Swinton (Social Services) !!!
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    Jul 07, 2012 11:37 AM GMT
    Liked it very much, very funny and touching
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    Jul 07, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    i loved the film too. it was just charming and amusing. and while it was a hyper stylised version of the 60s, i liked the tone of the film. it was a kinder, simpler time, but still had its snares.
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    Jul 07, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    It was a very sweet story, and I was laughing throughout the movie.

    Spoiler Alert:
    I thought the Scout Master Ward was going to adopt Sam
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    Jul 08, 2012 7:01 PM GMT
    One of the best movies I have seen I years. A simple yet powerful plot.