12 comments on “Moonrise Kingdom

  1. And now for a totally different point of view—
    What a delight! Watching an utterly ridiculous story about two completely obnoxious pre-pubescent teens whose first act of “togetherness” is killing a dog…is just my idea of a truly uplifting and meaningful film. There is something seriously wrong with writer/director Wes Anderson, as this is the 3rd film of his that I have seen and intensely disliked…it is beyond comprehension that Hollywood (and many critics) keep fawning all over this creep. The one redeeming feature of the film was the excellent score by Alexandre Desplat and the fact that I did not waste 10 bucks seeing this clunker in a theater…Closet pedophiles may get a kick out of it, though.
    Sorry, granted I am an animal nut; but that scene of the dead dog with arrow and blood as some sort of great bonding experience between the two kiddie lovers was offensive and just more than I am willing to take. A scene like that automatically wrecks a movie for me and makes me want to give an extra donation to PETA. Too bad, because it was a great cast in a really distasteful film…which I will NOT be sharing with any children.

    • Ken, I respect your opinion, Anderson’s films are not for everyone and the death of an animal can be an immediate turn off for many people. For what it’s worth, I don’t believe it was Sam who killed poor Snoopy, but an accident by one of the other scouts in all the confusion as Suzy was attacking Redford with lefty scissors. But who’s to say?

    • Alyson is right, Snoopy was killed by an arrow, shot by one of the Khaki Scouts, and it was clearly a mistake (though, admittedly, the intended target was probably Sam). And certainly Sam, who knew Snoopy, was upset.

      The odd thing, though, is that the reaction you describe to his films in general is exactly how I felt about The Royal Tenenbaums (the only other one I’ve seen). But this one I adored. But I haven’t made any effort to catch up on the ones I’ve missed.

      • Sometimes, a writer/director sets the viewer off in some nebulous way. Unfortunately, that seems to be Anderson’s affect on me…ROYAL Ts left me cold; LIFE AQUATIC was just so crazy that it actually made me mad; RUSHMORE was OK but not something I care to see again…all of them had in common (including this one) just being one big crazy mess.
        Besides that, the “dog scene” here really got me (obviously). But the most troubling thing for me was the sexual interplay between Sam & Suzy. I realize that it’s not quite the same as a pair of 6 year-olds but, for me, sexual activity between two 12 y.o. kids is pushing things a bit too far for my taste, and leaves me feeling quite uncomfortable, and I really am not remotely a prude. For those who would say that this represents some kind of new reality…I would say, along with the mom in BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE–It may be reality–so is diarrhea; but I don’t want to pay money to watch it. Anderson is one of those folks that I just don’t get, and after three tries, don’t want to watch any more mess in order to “get” him.

      • I’m the same way about Christopher Nolan. I loved Memento, but since then the ones I’ve seen have been slow and ponderous (not my favorite qualities in movies) with a few nice action set pieces, no wit, no connections to real life, and (except for Heath Ledger and Anne Hathaway) no memorable performances.

        Clearly, the Nolan fans (of whom there are many) are seeing something that’s going right by me. I’m cool with that.

  2. Good review Alsyon. Such a sweet, little film that shows Anderson can write and not be non-stop quirky all of the time. One of my favorites from last year.

  3. Man I love this movie! Admittedly I loved Django Unchained so I was happy when it won its Oscar, but Moonrise Kingdom was equally deserving to say the least. This is definitely one of the most original films I’ve seen in a long time. 🙂

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