Monday, June 18, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Is Wes Anderson's best movie ever...

Cassie took to me dinner and a movie for Father's Day.  The movie we chose was Moonrise Kingdom.  We found out why it's been sold out the last two times we tried to see it.  There is something spectacularly, wonderfully wrong with the inside of Wes Anderson's head.  He does not, perhaps cannot, see the world the same way normal people do.  His ability to show us what the world looks like to him is his profound gift to us.  Anderson is too young for Moonrise Kingdom to be his semi-autobiography, but I hope it is drawn from someone's story.   It is hilarious and heartfelt, gentle and subversive.  If you do not find Moonrise Kingdom funny and wistful, magical and fantastical throughout you are a sad and broken person (no pressure).  It may be the best movie I've seen all year.


  1. I enjoyed it, and I cannot fault Wes Anderson for his deadpan humor and whimsy. Yet, it is another example that social realism is dead as a dodo in contemporary cinema. Give me instead the coming-of-age story of the 2010 film Winter's Bone. It tells us more about who we are as Americans than Moonrise Kingdom ever will.

    1. I hear you, and I thought Winter's Bone was a great, gritty, and grim film, but give me a love-struck scout and magical realism over meth-cooking hillbillys and the lives they ruin any day.