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 November 25, 2015
Went to this movie with my wife , nephew and long time friend. Knew from the start it was going to be an extremely well done cinematic trip. We laughed till our eyes watered at times and never knew where the movie was going to take us next. There is so much attention to detail in this flick, and the cinematography is amazing. Douglas Aibel, who did the casting in this movie is a genius and the young actors are outstanding. The movie has somewhat of a Terry Gilliamesque feel to it with great offbeat characters. The only thing that was strange is how we we're the only ones laughing in the theater and clapping at the end. We just chalked it up to the other viewers not getting it, you know, no turds floating in a pool, or flatulence.
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 April 01, 2015
Overall, not a bad movie, it made for an enjoyable afternoon. However, it was no summer blockbuster. There's nothing really out there right now, so we thought we'd give it a try. In hindsight, I think I would have rather tried Brave or Spiderman, but I'm not holding my breath for either of those either. Probably one of the better movies out recently, but that's not saying much (other than Avengers). If you have nothing else to do on a summer afternoon, and have extra money to blow, it's OK. Otherwise, save your money and wait for it on DVD.
Written October 09, 2015
This is by far the best movie I have seen this summer. Away from all the comic book rehashes we've had, this is fresh and joyful. Visually stunning, great soundtrack and really good, unforced, understated acting. Dialogue is witty and humorous. There is one scene with some funny adult content but other than that I'd say I'd let my 10yr old see it.