Genre– Drama Comedy
Directed by the ever-marvelous Wes Anderson, the charming ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ is definitely a feel good movie for all. From the script to the actors chosen, this exceptional film cannot be faulted. Anderson’s job on cinematic genius makes the movie incredibly pleasant, from the panning of the house at the start to the perfectly placed objects within each camera shot, it is impossible to dislike the ‘easy on the eye’ scenes. His focus on symmetry and colours made it extremely aesthetically pleasing, and having a memorable narrator added a special touch. This wonderfully individual and striking direction could also be seen within the characters. With an all star older cast (Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray) whose roles are perfected to a tee, if I might say so myself, it is impossible to think negatively upon the humorous portrayals that they give to each role. But the all important stand out feature to this film was in fact the child actors (Jared Gilman & Kara Hayward) who’s incredibly moving portrayals of emotionally broken children seemed almost… cool. The indie style that they both possessed, from their clothing to their very blunt outlook on life causes one to instantly fall in love with the young Romeo and Juliet. I thought that Gilman absolutely made the film- he represented how we would imagine a boy in the 60’s perfectly. The pipe that he smoked, the sweet lenses that he wore, the floppy hair- his aesthetic characteristics were brilliant. He was bloody cool, to say the least. Both of the main stars were so well trained to perfect their roles, an audience almost forgets that they are twelve years of age- maturity was essential to their personas, and was pulled off incredibly. The final touches that I would say made this film was the soundtrack and location choices. The soundtrack ranged from 60’s vibes to dramatic orchestral pieces, and really fit in with the story-tale theme. The location choices were mostly outdoors, and weather was usually a big factor in the script too. We are led through the locations with a map and narration, as if being taught of the island from a God-like character.
Ultimately, I believe that this is probably one of my favourite films, mostly for the perfected directing from Anderson and the absolute coolness of the younger stars. Impossible to dislike, this film shows the true beauty of younger love, from running away together, to first kisses; an indie take on this pivotal time realistically adds maturity and charm to the sweet memories of growing up.