June 2, 2012
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.
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