So, it’s been a number of days, 11 to be precise, since Moonrise Kingdom was released on DVD, here’s a run down of what happened when I first heard of about it.
When I first read and saw Moonrise Kingdom was to be Wes Anderson’s new film, it’s fair to say I got quite excited about it. And by the time it came around to actually go and see it in the cinema, I was busy during the first week, yet when I went to go and see it I was given the horrible news that it wasn’t to be shown in any of the local cinemas. As it turn out, it wasn’t to be shown in the East Midlands. Anywhere.
This directed me to get the film on DVD on the first of October (the day the film was released on DVD) on Blu Ray, because I thought I may as well get the highest possible quality, to enjoy such an experience. With the likes of Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand, making the all star cast, there was nothing not to enjoy I felt.
The film follows a love story between two children, and I know it seems unlikely because how can children fall in love, but this is the very essence of the charm in which Anderson tries to create in the audience. The charm also comes from the innocence in which Sam and Suzy decide to try and harmlessly run away.
The way the children are cast and played, there is a grown up air about them, mainly due to the idea of them knowing how to fend for themselves, with the help of Sam’s Khaki scout skills. For me personally, it seems as though a role reversal has happened with the children and adults. The children, mainly Sam and Suzy, act very mature including the deputised scouts who seem to act very mature also when trying to bring back Sam during the scene in the woods. Whereas the adults, mainly Walt (Bill Murray) and Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) act very immaturely during certain scenes. The immature scenes would be Walt sitting on a motor cycle in the background and walking off childishly when they find the cat food in the field. And again, with Walt when he decides to throw his shoe at Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton), again a very childish act. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against this as the film is a comedy and this adds the comedic value to the film.
At the very start of the film in a very typical Wes Anderson way, there is a cross section of Summer End’s house where there is an introduction to the cast and who they are playing. Anderson has done this in his other films, to the same effect or a quick description of something inside that film, such as the boat in The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou. However, after this has happened, Anderson has an immersion tactic of involving the audience more into Moonrise Kingdom, as he has Bob Balaban introduced the ecosystem of New Penzance, which I thought was fantastic as it gives a real, genuine feel for the island.
This is going to be something I intend to do at the end of every film review. Where I essentially state my favourite character in the film, it’ll be a short segment, nothing big.
Cousin Ben would have to be my favourite character in the film, although his appearance is short. Jason Schwartzman is excellent as he plays a ‘crook’ in the sense of a guy who can get you anything in Fort Lebanon. Something that screams he shouldn’t be there, but it works fantastically and adds an excellent amount of comedic value to the film.
Moonrise Kingdom, for me was a real joy to watch as it was fresh and quite nostalgic in the sense of wanting to be a child again. Also with the fantastic use of comedy makes it a heart warming, funny tale, that anyone would find it hard not to enjoy. I would recommend Moonrise Kingdom to anyone, but more so for the Wes Anderson fans as his techniques are ever-present throughout this. (As Empire stated, the film is quite Wes Anderson-y/Anderson-esque etc etc.)
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