WHAT: Moonrise Kingdom
By Lizandro Melean
Moonrise Kingdom is the new movie from the sugary, perfectionist and obsessive director Wes Anderson. This is one of his best movies since Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, but with the style he completed in Hotel Chevalier and The Darjeling Limited. All the reviews of this movie so far are just long and boring documents that try to add a “why” to every single decision he made on this film. We are not here to judge him; we’re here to tell why you should expend minutes of your time on it.
1.- The protagonists of this show are 12 years old kids. You can’t be fresher than that. The great actors such as Edward Norton are just quirky supporting characters. The kids give life to Suzy and Sam, two nerdy lovers that enjoy dancing to French pop. Behind these argument though, you’ll see it’s like you’re experiencing an episode in the life of Sean Lennon and Lana del Rey.
2.- The soundtrack is amazing. From ’60s pop tunes to classical music full of strings, percussion and even narration in between. It reminds you about the soundtrack boom back when Pulp Fiction was a novelty.
3.- Bruce Willis. Although he’s filming the unnecessary fourth sequel of Die Hard, roles like this one fits him, and his age, well.
4.- This is Wes Anderson in steroids. If any of his movies has visual appealing to you then you’re in for a treat with perfect frames, full shots, a great hippie color palette, effective zooms and excessive tracking shots. If you hate his style you’re going to suffer big time.
5.- Moonrise Kingdom has a narrator that is one of the most eccentric characters in Anderson’s universe. Omnipresent and smartass. It feels like the director himself dressed as a lonely lumberjack.
6.- Bill Murray & Jason Schwartzman, two regulars in Anderson’s movies that always give that perfect and histrionic touch to his films acting wise.
7.- If the word meticulous makes you itchy then stay the hell away from this motion picture.
9.- Sam is so hipster is impossible not to label him. The sleeves of his t-shirt carefully rolled up, glasses, an intellectual attitude, and he even smokes a pipe when he listens to his beloved reading passages from her favorite books.
10.- There’s not a single black actor in the cast, which is politically incorrect, although if you happen to be a racist, you’ll smile like Hitler.