Let me be upfront about something before I give my two bits on Moonrise Kindgom. I am the definition of a Wes Anderson fanboy. My number one movie of all time is Rushmore, followed by Bottle Rocket at a close second. When I first saw those movies in the theater, they were like nothing I had seen before. The combination of humor, great characters, and the best soundtracks I had ever heard, was a sure fit for my little artsy-fartsy heart. There are few movies I watch annually, and most of them are indeed Wes Anderson flicks. I know Wes is not for everyone, but now you know where I stand.
So does Moonrise Kingdom continue the Wes Anderson tradition of excellence? Absolutely. This film is a great addition to any Wes-Head’s (yeah, that’s probably a real thing) collection. The soundtrack is great, the actors are fantastic, which I was a little worried about, being that the leads are played by kids, and the story is perfectly whimsical and full of heart. It’s almost like watching a great children’s book on screen, that’s not to sat the content is really appropriate for young children, but the way it plays out on screen is more reminiscent to a Roald Dahl classic than a studio feature film.
Only time will tell if this will end up as a true classic for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience I had watching Moonrise Kingdom. It was the perfect amount of Wes Anderson style, without feeling like any other Wes Anderson film we have already seen. A