Tuesday 22 May 2012

Moonrise Kingdom review

Moonrise Kingdom (12A/PG-13, 94 mins)
Director: Wes Anderson
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The films of director Wes Anderson can be very much an acquired taste, and are either delightfully quirky or painfully arch depending on your point of view. His latest, a comedy about the perils and pains of young love is certainly no departure from his unique style, but for once his idiosyncrasy is not off-putting. Set in 1965 on the island of New Penzance, a young boy goes missing from his scout troop led by Ed Norton and the scouts lead the search, aided by Bruce Willis as the local police chief. In fact the boy has run away with the daughter of Bill Murray and Frances McDormand and what follows is a visually alluring and deftly witty confection, bursting with Anderson’s bright pastel aesthetic and kooky to an unhinged degree. Non-fans of the director will not be persuaded, but it’s so weird it works, with the cute visual gags and larger than life characters adding to the off-kilter zip of it all. Moonrise Kingdom is Anderson’s best live action film since The Royal Tenenbaums, and if there’s one thing you can say with certainty about his movies, it’s that you’ll have no idea what will happen next.

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