As a big Wes Anderson fan Moonrise Kingdom has been the film I have been waiting for in 2012.
Was gutted that in Glasgow it was at the Odeon and Cineworld before the GFT so had to risk life and limb venturing to the top floor in the Cineworld. An experience and a half was had venturing to the top floor of Cineworld Glasgow.
Moonrise Kingdom is the story of young love, adventure and scouts. A massive cast as per usual from a Wes Anderson film. Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman are the Wes standards both starring in a few, with the latter for me being the star of the show with a rather small but lasting appearance.
The young cast of scouts perform well with my own personal dislike of Sam (Jared Gilman) not seeming to undermine his strong performance alongside Suzy (Kara Hayward).
With classic Wes Anderson iconography, Yellow, POV shots, slow mo, beautiful soundtrack and some amazing props this truly is the most Wes Anderson thing Wes Anderson has ever done.
I really enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom but thats biased I was never not going to like it stupidly. Whats most interesting for me is Wes using film in this digital age.
To the left is one of the Aaton 16mm camera’s used by Wes on Moonrise Kingdom (Yes that is wood). Wes has always used film, right from his raw Bottle Rocket days with a young Owen and Luke Wilson. I guess why change working with a format that you know works for you or perhaps there is something a bit more to the use of 16mm film.
In this digital age of 3d, 5d’s, red’s and 2k 4k hd blah blah perhaps its a homage to the cinematic experience. Of telling a good story, be that black and white in hd or just sticking it to the man and saying, my story, my actors, my props, my soundtrack that is what is making this film great, not how many fps we are filming at or how times 3d is optimized.
I guess only Wes knows why he would shoot on an old format, with cameras that aren’t being made by the big companies anymore. Would love to know but can only guess. It gives me hope and belief that the story is the most important piece in a film, forget about all the equipment its the script….and the props…and the amazing soundtrack.
Here is an interesting blog post by a camera man on Moonrise Kingdom.
Also these stills from the set are beautiful.