Film Notes and Reviews


Moonrise Kingdom (12A) - USA - 2012


Wes Anderson


Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Bruce Willis


"Notes to come."

What you thought about Moonrise Kingdom

Excellent Good Average Poor Very Poor
34 (48%) 22 (31%) 8 (11%) 6 (8%) 1 (1%)
Total Number of Responses: 71
Film Score (0-5): 4.15

Some different responses here, to be expected, of course and yet a very clear sense of involvement and enjoyment of Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ in its depiction of “tender young love in an innocent America”

In many responses there was the sense of a “charming, quirky, thoroughly original and moving picture of American life” and the feeling of “an eminently watchable depiction of reality in all its distinctive detail”.

There was an appreciation of a range of references within the film – “Swallows and Amazons”, “Peter Pan”, “Lord of the Flies” which created pleasure and humour.

The terms “quirky” and “surreal” occurred in several responses and in one “James Bond meets the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” was at the heart of the “simply wonderful” film. For another viewer it was “a sophisticated version of ‘Just William’ with an ‘off-the-wall’ story supported by excellent acting” and “inspiring and beautiful music”

There were some dissenting voices.

The film was “too madcap and silly” and “slight although entertaining”. It was also thought “to raise, but not tackle, some very serious issues” “was a waste of a good cast who looked lost, most of the time” and suggested “most Americans are barking mad”.

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