Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise KingdomBB.5

(out of 5)

Wes Anderson creates another ode to the language of quirk with this disaffected tale of young love between pre-teens. A socially uncomfortable young man spending the summer with Anderson’s version of Boy Scouts eludes his team leader () and runs away from his camp with the emotionally troubled daughter of the town’s progressively intellectual lawyers (, ). The search for these lovers on the lam turns them into the targets of an attack by emotionally guilty adults (also including police chief  and “Social Services” in the form of a Deborah Kerr’d ), all of it housed in the visual splendor of the auteur’s affection for grainy brown hues and retro paraphernalia. Anderson’s almost fetishistic obsession with plastic book covers, portable radio players and retro-mod outfits are so loud that they overpower the story, and it does not help that the two youngsters at the centre of it have no chemistry between them to withstand the force of the aesthetic onslaught. In short, it’s far from the glories of Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums; where before there was affection there is now only affectation, with the adults playing token roles that do them no justice. The film’s only pockets of sympathy are Norton’s moments with his little charge: the scene where he tells our hero how sorry he is that he finds himself persecuted and alone has all the emotional depth that made all of Rushmore so good, and makes it clear that Anderson chose the wrong characters as his focus.


USA, 2012

Directed by Wes Anderson

Screenplay by Wes Anderson,

Cinematography by

Produced by Wes Anderson, , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2012

The Criterion Collection

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Screenplay (Roman Coppola, Wes Anderson)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Production Design (Adam Stockhausen)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Independent Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Best Feature
Best Supporting Male (Bruce Willis)
Best Director (Wes Anderson)
Best Cinematography

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Use of Music in A Film

Best Film
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Ensemble Cast

Chicago Film Critics Award
Best Art Direction

Best Original Score
Best Original Screenplay
Most Promising Performer (Kara Hayward)



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