Are you ready for quirkiness? Because Moonrise Kingdom has a ball load of quirk for you. Wes Anderson’s latest film is set in 1965, in a small New England island. A pair of young lovers run off together. And quirkiness ensues.
I honestly can barely decipher the trailer, which is below, but I can say I was oddly charmed by it. Mostly by the oddity of Bill Murray, who always gives Anderson understated performances.
There are camp kids in funny costumes, children armed with brutal-looking weapons, and a bunch of other stuff that I don’t get.
And old French music. Man, Wes Anderson takes hipster to a whole new level.
As I’ve said, Wes Anderson is at the helm of Moonrise Kingdom, and he also cowrote the screenplay with Roman Coppola. Yes, from THOSE Coppolas. So there’s some talent here.
Limited release on May 25, 2012.
Kara Hayward … Suzy
Jared Gilman … Sam
Neal Huff … Jed
Jake Ryan … Lionel
Charlie Kilgore … Lazy Eye
Tommy Nelson … Nickleby
Chandler Frantz … Gadge
James Wilcox … Scout Master
Gabriel Rush … Skotak
Lucas Hedges … Redford
Jordan Puzzo … Boy Scout
L.J. Foley … Izod
George J. Vezina … Scoutmaster
Andreas Sheikh … Panagle
Christopher Alan … Church Townsmen
Joshie Meehan¹ … Boy Scout
Dylan Cataldo … Khaki Scout
From the trailer, and Anderson’s other films like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, it’s clear he knows how to make a film that resembles how a kid likely sees his adventures. It’s a lot of fun to see, and he gets great actors like Murray, Willis and Norton, so there’s always a quality.
Have you ever barfed from quirkiness? I have, and it tasted like coffee and despair.
I don’t think Moonrise Kingdom is necessarily intended to make a ton of money, but I’m sure it’ll do reasonably well. I know it has a limited release to start, but I expect it’ll go wide before long.