The latest entry in our new Guest Bloggers Feature comes from Mark at Wordschat . We have been following his blog for over a year, maybe longer and enjoy his perspective on films. His blog recently joined The Lamb #1375 and he is a regular commenter and visitor to several film related blogs. You can also follow his blog on Twitter at wordschat and on Facebook. So stop by and give him a shout out and let him know you saw his guest post on the 3 Guys.
I loved this quirky movie! Like Best Exotic Marigold Hotel but from the opposite age spectrum it brings together people who are searching for fulfilment in their lives. Moonrise kingdom by director Wes Anderson and writers Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola introduces us to twelve-year-old year Sam played amazingly by Jared Gilman. He is a smaller guy wise beyond his years who escapes from a scout troop that is haplessly led by Edward Norton. He has plans to meet up with a young girl played by newcomer Kara Hayward who like him is misunderstood and seemingly not liked by parents or other kids. The town sheriff Bruce Willis organizes a search party to find the two of them. The scout troop is pulled in on the hunt as is her parents played by Frances McDormand and Bill Murray. A shrill Tilda Swinton of children services is going after everyone for ineptitude. What makes this story so good is that in a Twin Peaks kind of way each person has a defined character trait that combined with the other people’s personalities create an oddly believable tale of sweet romance, coming of age, quirky but lovable good and bad guys. The adults deliver but it is the young actors of the scout troop and the principle young boy and girl that are marvelous. There are many laughs and more than a few tugs at the heart-strings too.
I originally reviewed this in June 2012 just after seeing it in the cinema where movies are meant to be seen. I am not a big fan of the new 3D and am old enough to remember the cellophane glasses of old. Moonrise Kingdom made my #1 slot of 2012 movies because it didn’t go for the technology of 3D and CGI. A 3D heavy film often takes my attention away from the story and money away from developing good scripts and talent. Moonrise Kingdom I was delighted to see here had both in abundance. I recently got the Blu-Ray. I look forward to watching all the special features. Side note: I saw Life of Pi twice; first in 3D then in regular. This is interesting as the first viewing brought me wonder off the screen; the second viewing brought me the amazing content of the story I had missed. So that illustrates the 3D dynamic for me.
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