So many movies are about a loss of innocence. A main character faces trials and tribulations, and their eyes are opened to the cruelty of the world before they overcome it. Moonrise Kingdom, the seventh movie by director Wes Anderson, is definitely not that sort of story. The film teaches a lesson through the positives in life. For Anderson, that’s something new. He’s rebelling against loss of innocence, and discovering it instead.
Anderson’s past films have all hinged on a cynical point of view: Max Fischer flipping the bird, Richie Tenenbaum attempting suicide, Steve Zissou hunting sharks. Even the fantastic Mr. Fox is, on the surface, a thief. Rarely is true innocence Anderson’s chief focus.
But with Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson uses his signature visual cues and oddball sense of humor to tell a story that completely lacks cynicism and is almost palpably sweet. It’s a step forward for the filmmaker. However, by entering this new territory, the balance between message and humor, so expertly handled in his previous films, shifts ever so slightly. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Wes Anderson fans eagerly awaiting Moonrise Kingdom — his first directorial effort since 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and his first live-action feature since 2007’s The Darjeeling Limited — can officially banish any worries that the hipster-prep auteur has lost his touch. Following the film’s world premiere at Cannes, the vast majority of reviews have been somewhere between “mostly positive” and “utterly glowing.” As with any movie, there are the occasional naysayers, but even the less enamored seem to agree that Anderson diehards will find the filmmaker doing exactly what he does best here.
Co-written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom follows the chaos that erupts in a sleepy New England island town in the 1960s when two adolescents (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) decide to run away together. The top-shelf adult supporting cast includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, and of course, Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Read the early reactions after the jump.
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I’m almost too excited to type the next sentence. A new Wes Anderson movie comes out next month. It’s called Moonrise Kingdom and it’s about a young boy scout who disappears with a local girl, turning the entire town on its head. Anderson’s cast is as impressive as ever, featuring Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman and more. The trailer is magic and several sites just debuted animated character posters complete with multiple new images and quotes from the film. Link to them all after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
There are about a million reasons to look foward to the arrival of warmer weather each year, but for cinephiles, one of the biggest is the summer movie season. This year’s crop looks like a nicely varied one, and two of the titles I’ve been most eager to see couldn’t be more different. Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus seems as serious and futuristic as Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom does whimsical and retro, but they both look pretty fantastic if you ask me. Check out new images from both films after the jump.
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In early May, Focus Features bought distribution rights to the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and issued an announcement of the full cast along with a plot description.
Or: almost the full cast. One actor who has been rumored for the film for some time is Harvey Keitel, but he was not among the announced cast list. Now he has been confirmed as being part of the movie. Along with that news, we’ve got the first images of some of the film’s sets, and of Edward Norton in costume (above) as a boy scout leader and Bill Murray being Bill Murray. That’s all after the break. Read More »
Wes Anderson is shooting his next film, Moonrise Kingdom, right now in Rhode Island, and the film now has distribution set: Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights. Some of those rights will be sold off at Cannes, wihle the company will release the film under the Focus banner in the US.
Moonrise Kingdom has a few new faces for the Wes Anderson collective, as the cast includes: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Bruce Willis? Yep, and I can’t say I’m not really interested to see how that works out for Wes Anderson. The full synopsis is after the break. Read More »