I saw Moonrise Kingdom last night. Quick thoughts:
Wes Anderson gets to do whatever he wants, which is pretty cool.
He is excellent at provoking nostalgia even for events and places I haven’t experienced.
The first ¾ was very funny. Then it stopped being funny, which was jarring. I’m not saying it’s a tragedy, there was just a precipitous drop in jokes.
The most striking thing about Anderson’s films are the visuals. It occurred to me that not only are they beautiful, but they’re funny. I can’t think of anyone who makes me laugh as often at scenes without dialogue.
Reviews had indicated the child actors were surprisingly not horrible. I’d go as far as to say they were quite good. Their characters primarily required stilted dialogue, but they were effectively endearing.
Mr. Anderson, you’re great, but seriously, you don’t need to throw a topless scene into every movie. He had to work really hard to sneak those breasts in to this one.
All in all, quite good. I was in a theater full of people that were drooling over it, which always leaves mixed feelings for me. It’s nice having crowd interaction, but it was sometimes a bit much.
1. The Royal Tenenbaums
2. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
3. Moonrise Kingdom
4. The Life Aquatic
6. The Darjeeling Limited
7. I still haven’t seen Bottlerocket! I’m a phony.