168. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

8.3 Wonderfully weird
  • Acting 8.2
  • Directing 8.6
  • Story 8.2
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Starring: Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton

Director: Wes Anderson

Running Time: 94 mins

Moonrise Kingdom is an American film about two children on an island who run away together to live in the woods, and an investigation by the local police officer follows, bringing the whole boy scout troop and other people together…

Wes Anderson is still a genius. However, he decided to, this time, go above and beyond his normal level of weirdness for something so bizarre you will be questioning whether it’s actually been made into a movie.

But that’s the beauty of this film. Although there is basically no story until the last 15 minutes, it’s just so weird that it is hilarious. Set on a small island, where there are only about 6,000 people, the film is so uneventful and stupid that it made me laugh all the way through, mainly because of the sheer oddity of the entire thing.

Also, the two kids who play the main roles are fantastic! I loved how silent and empty they seemed to be, yet for some reason, living in the woods makes them all good again or something.

At the finale, the whole thing just goes hilariously over the top, with flash floods, people nearly off church roofs, and a whole manner of other stuff, making it one of the most ridiculous films ever produced, and that’s why it gets 8.3 from me.


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