WARNING: Spoilers. There are small plot giveaways in this review. (But nothing big so stop having a cry and read the damn review!)
OFFICIAL SILVER SCREENER REVIEW
– MOONRISE KINGDOM –
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10 (83,317 votes)
Director: Wes Anderson
The more I think about this movie, the more I seem to enjoy it.
I was quite hesitant to watch Moonrise Kingdom, actually. It wasn’t the kind of film that popped into my mind when I thought of a “must-watch”. That’s probably because my 11 year old cousin got it for Christmas, and seeing as I had no knowledge whatsoever of what it was about, I thought it was a film for little children.
But, as is common nowadays for myself, I was very pleasantly surprised.
Moonrise Kingdom is the story of two runaway children – Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) & Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) – who are madly in love with each other, and despite an island-wide search for them, only want to be together. Running away with a friend and being able to do what I want, while surviving comfortably, has always been a dream of mine. The idea sounds pretty awesome.
This movie ticked all the boxes.
The script was excellent. Such a witty, interesting read. The dialogue is so out there. In fact, the whole damn thing is so out there. I just wish you could read it…oh wait, you can. Read it here. (It’s a downloadable pdf). Please read this. It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read, not only in 2012, but ever.
The cinematography was excellent. The whole yellow, retro feel of this movie was such a pleasant theme. It really set the mood. Yellow isn’t a dark colour, nor was this a dark movie. In fact, for a movie about two kids running away, it was exceptionally light. I mean, a dog gets an arrow through the neck, but that doesn’t seem to effect the feeling of this movie AT ALL.
The individual performances were fantastic. It was great to see a movie that Bruce Willis actually acted in like a normal person. Edward Norton is arguably the most talented actor out there nowadays, and can play anything from a Neo-Nazi skinhead (American History X) to a Scout Master (this). The career-beginning performances from Gilman and Hayward were absolutely fantastic. Sam Shakusky was probably one of my favourite characters in any movie in 2012.
And how cool was Social Services.
The story was really well paced. I think one way of telling if a story is well paced is: if your feeling like you’re waiting or eager for something to come, then it’s too slow. But I was too enthralled in the story. And that’s because it was moving along perfectly. There were no unnecessary scenes or time-wasters. This movie was fantastic.
It’s a strange film, but it’s a SWEETLY strange film. Bottom line: it is a good take on young love. In real life, young love isn’t that complex. But when it is complex, chances are it’s just the inner workings of a Wes Anderson film.
Wes Anderson’s retro style and undeniably enthralling sense of humour will take you deep into the island of New Penzance and chances are you won’t want to leave.
If you haven’t seen Moonrise Kingdom, then let me tell you: you’re missing out. Pick this one up on DVD immediately.
MY RATING: 8.5 out of 10.
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