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Moonrise Kingdom | Movie Review


As a Wes Anderson film aficionado, I went to the cinema bubbling like a kid visiting Disneyland when Moonrise Kingdom opened. It was more than what I’d hoped for; a work of art that is definitely taking the spot in my top three Wes Anderson films. Many of his trademark ingredients were present in the mix: dysfunctional families, intelligent kids, clueless adults, venturing into unknown territory, eccentric characters, an exquisite soundtrack and achingly picturesque scenes.


The story centres on an adopted boy scout and a young girl from an uncaring family, both 12, who meet each other unexpectedly, thereafter corresponding through letters and arranging to run away together. The savvy pair orchestrates the escape successful, running off into the wilderness and away from their troubled homes and the island authorities. Set on an island in England in the summer of 1965, the charming, coy love story kept me beaming through most of the film.


Wes Anderson painted everything in a washed out, yellow-tinged hue, making every frame look like a charming old photograph. Anderson has been criticised for creating unrealistic scenarios and overly eccentric characters, but that is exactly what makes his films endearing. His films are fantasy worlds – nostalgic, dream-like and drenched in a warm romantic glow. In fact, the scene of Sam and Suzy awkwardly dancing on the beach to Francoise Hardy’s Le Temps de l’Amour has become one of my favourite film scenes of all time. Anderson creates alternate universes in each of his films, letting his characters’ genuineness shine through. A whimsical ode to love, childhood and dreams, Moonrise Kingdom is a real winner.


I said, what kind of bird, are YOU?


*Pictures are sourced from Google Images




– Kelly Koo


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