Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Film Favorites: Moonrise Kingdom

So, I know that everyone going to the movies this weekend is seeing that Batman movie, but if you are looking for something different and haven't seen Moonrise Kingdom yet, I highly recommend it. If you are a fan of Wes Anderson (like I obviously am), you will love it for all its iconic Wes Anderson traits: highly deliberate & stylized cinematography, quirky costumes that capture each character's personality, extremely dry humor, and witty observations of daily life. However, even if you aren't a cult follower of Anderson, I think you will enjoy this movie. While the humor in many of Anderson films lampoons educated, upperclass culture, Moonrise Kingdom is a coming of age tale that appeals to a broader audience. Its themes of young love and acceptance are universally felt and understood--even though this is anything but your average teenage love story. It's also hilarious, and Bill Murray wears madras pants, so yeah, enough said.

On another note, if you were thinking of seeing Woody Allen's To Rome With Love this weekend, definitely don't. I am also a huge Woody Allen fan, and I was largely disappointed with this movie, despite its all-star cast and promising trailer. It uses the recent movie format trend of following multiple characters and interweaving different plot lines a la Love Actually, but it doesn't connect the independent stories in a coherent or meaningful way. In fact, at the risk of sounding extremely harsh, it sort of seemed like Woody Allen thought this might be the last movie he got to make before kicking the bucket, so he just merged all his final ideas for plot lines together into one poorly-conceived piece. I definitely lost interest halfway through, and while there were some funny moments, I didn't leave the theater feeling like I had taken away anything lasting from seeing it. Sorry, Woody.

(Photos taken from IMDb)

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