Written June 24, 2016
One need only watch the first frame to see that they are headlong into the distinct and obsessively detailed world of a Wes Anderson film. Moonrise displays all the Anderson signatures: deliciously conceived costumes and art direction; rich dialogue stripped of emotion but crafted so well with wit and irony one can't help but feel; troubled, precocious youth encumbered by the oppressive weight of sloppy, indifferent adults; love in all its quark and fragility; and, of course, the ripe, rich, and hip soundtrack so intoned with each scene it makes it nearly impossible to separate the song from its image.
The film's 2 love-struck, disturbed young teens steal the show, which is no small feet given their impressive, supporting cast. The film has sparks of brilliance, moments of tenderness, smart humor, and the endless oddity that is every Anderson film. And, as with all Anderson films, a second or third exploration is needed to see each crater, shadow, and shine of this Moon.
Written August 02, 2015
Quirky and sweet, Moonrise Kingdom has similar art direction and characters as The Royal Tannenbaums. Each frame is rich in visual detail and the awkward characters and stilted dialogue works.
Short, at just 1 1/2 hours, it's a great movie to see with friends, family or on a date.
Written September 17, 2014
It's the coolest-looking, funniest, and most action-packed movie Wes Anderson has ever made. Unlike his others, it's a little light on the oldies soundtrack, but the few songs in this one really count. In other Anderson movies, the tone is a bit confusing- you're left scratching your head and asking yourself, Does this take place in fantasyland or reality? This one takes place firmly in fantasyland, and it's for the better.
Written June 18, 2012
One of the worst movies I have seen in a long while. Pointless, Not funny, A very unintieresting plot with a big whiff of who cares? -- and so many talented actors with nothing funny or relevant to resport. Even the always wonderful Frances MCDormant was flat. The whole group we went with thought it was a huge flop and waste of time. Thumbs down dpwn down.
Written June 13, 2012
Tried too hard to be a 60's period piece with up-tight people..... ok for a little while but not for the whole movie.