It's been five years since Anderson's last film; the live action film 2007's THE DARJEELING LIMITED (the 2009 film FANTASTIC MR. FOX was an animated film), and it looks like our director friend has lost none of his quirky imagination. His film's do not take place in the real world, but in a fantastic and unique alternate universe, where the bizarre and the eclectic, the witty and the eccentric all co-exist in a world that one wishes it could inhabit. By placing the tale of young love in this universe, the film has its own enchanted magic that will leave the audience under its spell. It also helps to have a great story and dialogue (Anderson co-wrote the script with Roman Coppola), beautiful cinematography Robert Yeoman, and creative production designer Adam Stockhausen to bring this fabled storybook to life.
Anderson's cast of regulars, including Murray, McDormand, are joined by newbies Norton and Willis, and all of them really bring their A game to the project. All give stellar performances, however youngsters Gilman and Gilman nailed their parts perfectly and really knocked it outta the park with their portrayal of Sam and Suzy respectively! If you can't feel anything for these kids and their love for one another, then my friend, you are dead inside!
MOONRISE KINGDOM is Wes Anderson's funniest picture so far and his most romantic. The film really commands you to recall your first young love, and by doing that, we can connect with the film. This film is one of my favorite films of 2012 thus far! 5 out of 5 stars! Highly recommended!!
MOONRISE KINGDOM is currently playing at select theaters nationwide, including the Camera Cinemas here in the Bay Area. To view showtimes, visit their website at www.cameracinemas.com
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