Written December 26, 2014
Imagine, if you will, a film with Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDonmand, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray, and each of these fine actors are smoked off the screen by two unknown teens in their film debuts - Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman. The kids play two troubled teens who escape from their stifling home environments and go on an adventure, with a few dozen boy scouts and the town police in hot pursuit. It's all very cute and charming, except for the part where the dog gets killed. The only other negative aspect is Bob Balaban who acts as a "narrator" but his drole commentary somehow doesn't work. Balaban is a great actor, so blame it on the director if you must - Wes Anderson. Personally I didn't like any of Anderson's films that I saw previously ("The Royal Tennenbaums", "Rushmore") but this one is really good.
Written October 28, 2014
If you've loved his past films, then you will love this one. This film is a bit more laid back than his previous films, and unfortunately there is a lack of Kinks music in this one. But this should not deter you from going to see it. It is still a wonderful first love story, told Wes Andersen style. Go see it.
Written September 22, 2014
The kids are fantastic in their roles and the Wes standby's of Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman do not disappoint. Bruce Willis and Ed Norton are welcome additions to the Anderson family.
Written August 29, 2014
I'm guessing the professional critics love this movie because it is an intelligent and entertaining departure from their normal diet of mindless action and rom-com movies. What the normal viewer will find is a quirky, almost surreal journey of interesting characters. The film moves along in a subdued manner that alternates between excitement, melancholy and sweetness. The acting is great, including a reminder that Bruce Willis doesn't need to get bloodied to get our attention. If you're in the mood for something different, give this one a try.
Written November 21, 2014
this is def a quirky little movie. I'm usually so-so on quirky but i really liked this. the cast is amazing.