Watching "Moonrise Kingdom"
Published on July 18, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new Wes Anderson movie, "Moonrise Kingdom."

Here's an excerpt:

"During my vacation, my sister dressed my baby niece in a funny little sun hat and white handknit sweater with a dog motif. It was an unusual outfit, and my niece’s expression was unusually solemn. 'She looks like a character in a Wes Anderson movie,' my sister observed.

If you’re the type of person who understands what this means, you’ll definitely want to check out the new Wes Anderson movie, 'Moonrise Kingdom.' Anderson is one of the more meticulous, visually distinct filmmakers out there, known for dressing his characters in quirky outfits and uniforms (he’s a big fan of tweed) and creating odd and captivating buildings and interiors: A house is not just a house in a Wes Anderson film, but a character in its own right. His human characters are often mournful and lonely, struggling to cope with broken hearts or their inability to fit in. In his latest film, Anderson offers his fans more of the same, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing: 'Moonrise Kingdom' is the director’s most accomplished film to date, and although I didn’t like it quite as much as his excellent 2009 animated film 'Fantastic Mr. Fox,' it represents a step forward for a director often accused of treating his characters like dolls. Roiling beneath 'Moonrise Kingdom’s' beautiful and entrancing sets and surfaces are real emotions — melancholy, joy, sorrow and wonder."

Click here to read the whole thing.

Rule of Thumb contributor Eric J. Perkins also reviewed "Moonrise Kingdom." Click here for his thoughts.

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