Moonrise Kingdom: A Reconsideration


When I walked in the theater last summer to see Moonrise Kingdom, the only Wes Anderson film I had seen was 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. I approached Moonrise with high expectations and it still immediately became one of my favorite movies of 2012. After revisiting it for Wes Anderson Month, I’ve realized the ways that it differs from some of the director’s other movies. I can also confirm upon this second viewing that it is one of my favorite Anderson works. Here’s a link to what I thought after first seeing it in August: Why to See Moonrise Kingdom. Now here are a few very brief comments about my return to the film:

It’s still beautiful
First off, this is a beautiful movie. The big screen is definitely the ideal format for the film; there the audience can fully appreciate all of the detail that its makers have packed into it. Nonetheless, its unique look is still enjoyable on home video.

It’s still hilarious
Moonrise Kingdom is not only a very funny movie, but also one of my favorite comedies of the last few years. There is an abundance of quotable lines of superb dry humor and the adolescent love story resembles a colossal joke in itself.

It’s still worth seeing
My first post about Moonrise was completely dedicated to convincing readers to go see the movie. The purpose of this “reconsideration” is to evaluate whether I still believe my original impression of the film is accurate. I believe my reasons for seeing the film still stand. Especially after seeing Anderson’s entire filmography, I have nothing but great admiration for the skill and artistry on display here. It is tough to say whether the movie is accessible for those who do not like Anderson’s movies. However, Anderson fans cannot afford to miss this. It may be his best movie yet.

Still to come…
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Rushmore (1998)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

3 responses to “Moonrise Kingdom: A Reconsideration

    • Upon seeing the movie again, I realized that it sacrifices sometimes connecting to audiences emotionally in order to satirize the situations in the story. I view it purely as a comedy, not a romance or a drama. The more I’ve thought about it, this might not be Anderson’s best movie, but I believe it is one of his funniest.

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