Wes Anderson is one of my favorite film makers. For those of you who don’t recognize his name, he is responsible for such films as The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. His first film, Bottlerocket, is pretty much my favorite movie ever. Don’t ask me why.
Moonrise Kingdom is his latest, and it’s absolutely great. All his films have a similar style and tone, and this one doesn’t break the mold. Which is fine, because it’s a terrific mold. The characters are larger than life, yet manage surprise emotional attacks. They’re outlandish yet deal with real issues, a tender balance that Anderson is spectacular at.
“Quirky” is a word people use for his films, and Moonrise may not be for everyone. But it’s really hard to imagine someone not giving into a smile while watching. It’s probably more accessible than previous Anderson films, seeing that it’s his first PG-13 and is about two kids who run away together.
Here’s what you should do: find where it’s playing and go see it. If you don’t like it, I will personally give you ten dollars worth in hugs. My feeling is that it’s the best movie of 2012 so far, holding hands with The Avengers. What an odd couple.