If you’re into Wes Anderson films then we know what you’ll be doing this weekend.
Going to see MOONRISE KINGDOM, of course…
Don’t know who Anderson is?
He’s the filmmaker of such cult favorites as RUSHMORE, BOTTLE ROCKET, THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX and THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS.
Anderson’s latest cinematic offering is MOONRISE KINGDOM, a comedic drama set on an island off the coast of New England during the summer of 1965.
The story tells of two 12 year olds—a Khaki scout and an island girl—who make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness of the place. And now the local authorities turn the place upside down to get the kids.
Sounds kinda dull, doesn’t it?
Well it’s not, because when you enter Wes Anderson’s world you never really quite know what your’e going to get. And frankly he can be an aquired taste.
With MOONSHINE KINGDOM he gives us a stylistic, almost surreal young love story that borders on a fable.
Heading writer-director Anderson’s superb cast are Bruce Willis as the local sheriff, Edward Norton the Khaki scout troop leader, and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as the girl’s parents. Rounding out Anderson’s latest playbill are Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban and Harvey Keitel.
The two runaway kids are portrayed superbly by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.
Make no mistake, as simple as the storyline may sound, the movie itself is NOT and the uninitiated may be asking themselves, "What the %#*&!" However you can’t stop the film’s magical spell and you’ll be the better for it.
I’m raising 4 out of 5 eccentric fingers for this minor classic.
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings at 6:40 a.m. on KMBZ Am & Fm / Also anytime on Time Warner Cable’s K.C. ON DEMAND, Channel 411 / And throughout Nebraska on NEBRASKA ON DEMAND, Channel 411.