Moonrise Kingdom Review

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 3.58.00 PM   Wes Anderson’s whimsical tale about love at first sight. The funny thing is, even though it focuses on kid protagonists, Moonrise Kingdom is one of the most emotionally mature films of the last five years and one of the best love stories in the last five years. There really is no other film like this out there, a love story that follows emotionally distraught children, it sounds like an instant box office failure and an extremely depressing film, but thanks to Roman Coppola’s writing, Anderson’s uniquely energetic vision, and one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory, Moonrise Kingdom serves as proof that Anderson is just getting better with every film he makes. From the start we get Yeoman’s unique look paired with Anderson’s brightly lit scenarios and his own perfect camera-work that gives the film a beautiful fairy-tale look to it. Then we’re introduced to the idiosyncratic characters that make up the film, and thanks to perfect casting we’re treated with some delightful surprises as the audience, from the role that basically revitalized Norton’s career to what is probably Bruce Willis’s most nuanced and underrated performance, not to mention Anderson’s recurring cast like Murray and Schwartzman. But enough about the fantastic side characters, this story is about two kids in love, two inseparable children that quite don’t understand the world, but they know they have to be together and once again, thanks to Wes’s direction, we get two great child performances. Specially Kara Hayward who hits it out of the park as she is able to manage the feelings of romance and depression with simple shifts in facial gestures. Unlike many films that portray young love, this one isn’t afraid too add layers of sadness behind its characters, instead it delves into issues like depression, humanizes its characters, makes them so much more relatable and  emotionally mature, even though that emotional maturity gets sort of lost towards the last act. I cannot stress how much I love this film, from the bold direction to the touching story, Moonrise Kingdom is a beautiful love story and a fantastic film that rightfully deserves a 92 out of 100.

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