I figure if Hall can post Pepsi commercials I can post a movie recommendation. It’s no secret to those of you who know me that I’m a fan of Director Wes Anderson. For the uninitiated, his films include The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. His new one, Moonrise Kingdom, is whatever superlative you’d like to apply.
Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, and of course Bill Murray star. Jason Schwartzman has a great bit part as the smarmy quartermaster. The child actors were endearing.
Set on an isolated island off the coast of the northeastern US in the year 1965, it tells the summer love story of two 12 year olds. I know this sounds arrogant, but this film demonstrates real growth on the part of Anderson. It contains all the entertaining quirkiness and common themes we’ve come to expect from him, but at its core is a wonderful story, simple, fantastical, relatable. Wes Anderson the story teller, if you told me it was adopted from a lost manuscript of Mark Twain I would have believed you.
His talent has always been apparent, but each one of his other films had a “screw you element”. If you weren’t smart enough or hip enough to “get it”, tough shit, he didn’t care. I’m a cocky prick so I loved them, it was part of their appeal. This one was different. It was softer, warmer and definitely more accessible. It was sweet. It’s in theaters now, take your wife soon before they yank it to make room for the latest father on a revenge fueled murderous rampage political message flick.