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Guest Bloggers: Wordschat: Moonrise Kingdom

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.

 Moonrise Kingdom




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.



Thanks to Adam, Scotty, & Griff of 3guys1movie for letting me share my blogging. I comment frequently on their blog and many other blogs, FB and Tweets. I hope you continue to enjoy their words and visit my words, chat, and more often done by mobile. Cheers from Canada’s capital.


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  • Adam March 4, 2013, 7:18 am

    Hey thanks for so much for contributing an article for a guest post on our blog Mark. I know we all loved Moonrise Kingdom as well with at least two of us selecting it as our favorite film from 2012. I am looking forward to seeing what Wes Anderson has up his sleeve next.

  • Chris March 4, 2013, 8:21 am

    Totally agree with his views on 3D. I’ve always found 3D to be distracting rather than immersing, which is really why I tend to avoid 3D these days.

  • Tyson Carter March 4, 2013, 8:34 am

    Good stuff Mark!! :)

  • wordschat March 4, 2013, 8:36 am

    Thanks for my guess shot guys. Ironically I missed the notification it was up and it doesn’t show up in the reader. I’ll check the settings on PC tonight. I have already had some cross traffic. Cool

  • scottydynamite March 4, 2013, 8:44 am

    Thanks Mark for adding your thoughts on our website as a guest blogger, Moonrise was certainly one of the best films of 2012 and we all were pissed when it was denied any Oscar Love. Funny that every blogger I follow thinks it was one of the best films and yet the Academy thinks otherwise. thanks again

  • Lorna March 4, 2013, 9:07 am

    I am both the best and the worst audience possible. The best in that I almost always love everything I see, in a kind of awed way, and worst because until long after I’ve seen the movie, I don’t really know if I liked it or not. Mostly, I just kind of go into granny mode and forget I saw it. That certainly wasn’t the case with Moonrise Kingdom. I knew it was real love right from the start, and I can still nearly cry when someone tells me they never even heard of it.

  • wordschat March 4, 2013, 9:24 am

    The music lesson is so neat too. Not sure if they go into it on special features. Thanks for your comment and all thus far.

  • Chris March 4, 2013, 9:27 am

    Great work, I’m a fan of Mark’s work at Wordschat. And I agree, everyone should go check his site out.

  • ckckred March 4, 2013, 10:48 am

    Nice review. One of the best films of 2012 and one of Anderson’s strongest movies.

  • Lights Camera Reaction March 4, 2013, 1:10 pm

    My second favourite film of 2012!

  • Keith March 4, 2013, 7:50 pm

    Such a great movie! I absolutely love it. As for 3D, I can do without it and I almost always skip it unless I’ve heard it’s really good!

  • Castor March 4, 2013, 9:05 pm

    Love this movie, definitely in my top 2 or 3 movies of last year.

  • Mark Walker March 5, 2013, 2:31 am

    It’s not my favourite of Anderson’s but it’s still of his very high standard. This was a real highlight from last year. Great little film

  • Teddy Casimir March 5, 2013, 6:01 am

    Wow, I was hooked by the time you compared it to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. . And then you had to compare it to Twin Peaks too? Love it. I also agree about 3D. It’s just unnecessary to me.

  • wordschat March 5, 2013, 9:44 am

    I had you at hello re the movie that is Teddy. Thanks so much for all the positive feedback. Everyone loves Moonrise Kingdom.

  • Tim The Film Guy March 5, 2013, 1:00 pm

    Yay! I loved this film :D

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