‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Featurette Teases A Tale of Young Love by Wes Anderson

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Wes Anderson is a highly-respected auteur – and yet, also one of the more divisive filmmakers working in showbiz. As fiercely loyal as the writer/director’s fanbase is, when it comes to their adoration of his cinema, those who fall on the other side of the fence are equivalently nonplussed about his recognizable quirky style of storytelling.

The last movie made by Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox, is widely considered to be his most accessible for non-converts – and moviegoers of all ages, who otherwise tend to be perplexed by his off-kilter, French New Wave-inspired work. Will the filmmaker’s latest project, Moonrise Kingdom, also manage to bridge that gap?

As evidenced by the new featurette for Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson has no problem convincing big-name stars to sign on for his films. Appearing in the director’s latest creation are frequent collaborators like Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, character actresses who generally stick to off-beat fare, such as Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton – and even people like Edward Norton and Bruce Willis, who aren’t exactly known for appearing in indie dramedies like this.

Moonrise Kingdom revolves around a story set in a small New England coastal town (circa 1965), where two love-struck adolescents run away together, causing much strife for the customary peculiar, self-absorbed adults that show up in every Anderson movie. Whether or not that heartfelt tale about first love will get overshadowed by Anderson’s filmmaking style – that’s the question right now.

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Edward Norton as a (what else?) quirky scout leader in 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Based on this early footage, the sets and shot composition in Moonrise Kingdom call a lot of attention to themselves. With so much action and material packed into every frame, it’s easy to lose focus of what really (well, in theory, at least) matters in the film: the plot and characters. Even devoted Anderson fans are generally willing to admit, that can be a problem with his movies – especially when the characters are so difficult to connect or empathize with in the first place (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, looking at you).

Still, Moonrise Kingdom does seem like it should pack its fair share of enjoyable humor - not to mention, this looks to be one of the rare Anderson films that almost wears its heart on its sleeve. Here’s hoping all that doesn’t get lost in the fray, what with all the post-modern posturing going on.

Moonrise Kingdom is slated to begin a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on May 25th, 2012.


Source: Focus Features

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  1. This constant sniping about Wes Anderson films is getting really annoying. Critics have sniffily decided that they know how to make movies that are much better than him, and yet lack the stylistic wit to do do. In the end they snark about ‘lack of connectivity’ over their laptops at Statbucks.
    In reality there is a case that ‘life aquatic’ is one of the funniest films ever made with a beautiful ensemble cast each at the top of their game. Of. Course this movie with so many nods to European cinema is not popular to those sections of the American public that like to glory in adolescent themes of violence and revenge, but for those who can raise themselves above the parapet and show the backbone to go against the perceived ‘truth’ then there is much to treasure in the movie.

    • I’m actually just trying to offer constructive criticism and talk about people’s feelings towards Anderson’s cinema in general – which, as I see it, is not at all the same thing as saying I know how to make a better movie that Wes Anderson (or any other director, for that matter).

      But, hey, if you’d prefer to just look down your nose at someone who does that… well, okay, do what you will.

      • ” even devoted Anderson fans are generaly willing to admit , that can be a problem for his movies ” that is the most clueless comment i have ever read by a so called movie journalist ! You have probaly guessed i am a big Anderson fan i am glad people like you dont get Wes and his genius it just makes his work even more speacial for us ” devoted fans “

        • … As opposed to, maybe I DO have an appreciation for Anderson’s approach to filmmaking and have actually enjoyed a number of his movies (which I have) – I just feel his style doesn’t always work completely. But, again, I suppose it’s easier to just put me down by dismissing me as someone who simply does not “get” what Anderson is going for.

          • Yup ! you pretty much sumed it up , maybe one day you will see the light .

            • Mr. Anderson simply makes comedies and is going for laughs. There’s a certain type that thinks his fans and films are snobby, when in reality at the end of the day, he just cracks us the f@&k up, maybe that’s why we can be a little puzzled and overly sensitive about the disconnect. :)

    • You are spot on Sir you have earned your cap and speedo ! Life Aquatic one of the funniest films ever !

  2. Jeez louise… All the summer blockbusters are great, but every time Wes Anderson makes a film it’s a cause for celebration, especially since there’s a real lack of great comedy out there. Films like Old School are a joke compared to the great comedies they pretend to be, like Animal House or Slapshot, whereas Rushmore can stack up quite favorably with classics like Harold And Maude. Wes Anderson takes his cues from greats like Hal Ashby and JD Salinger to make films that are simply funny as hell with tons of heart. You wouldn’t ever accuse Charles Schulz of post-modern posturing, would you?