Today I have a real gem for you: Wes Anderson’s colorful coming-of-age flick Moonrise Kingdom!
It’s 1965, we’re on a little island in New England. Sam, a 12-year-old orphan, is spending his summer at Camp Ivanhoe, a boy scouts thing. Suzy lives on the island with her parents. However, they are both unhappy. After being pen pals since 1964, the two decide to run away together…
One of my favourite Wes Anderson films.
First of all, the cast is wonderful. Not only Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward give great performances in the leading parts, even all the other roles are played by Hollywood’s finest. Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and many more!
When it comes to color, light and atmosphere, this is a typical Wes Anderson movie. He truly is a master when it comes to using a certain color palette in order to underline his story. No other director out there does anything quite like him. Therefore, you recognize immediately that Moonrise Kingdom has to be one of his works. As usual is a bit of an eccentric film. All of the characters are a bit weird and not what you are used to. However, that’s one of the things I really enjoyed about this movie. There is something very relatable about each character and especially about Sam and Suzy. Not many films out there really understand you, the audience.
The story is just lovely. It’s told in a fascinating and gripping way and you can help but feel and hope with the two youngsters.
Moonrise Kingdom is funny, relatable, colorful and impressive. One of the best coming of age films I’ve ever seen!
Did you watch? Let me know in the comments what you think!