It’s hard to deny that Wes Anderson’s films all have a similar style and quirkiness. In fact, if you don’t like the dry humor in one of his movies, you probably won’t like any of his other films either. That being said, any fan can tell you that while they definitely have a similar vibe, his movies are all drastically different from one another, both in their storylines and the emotions you experience while watching them.
To that extent, his newest work, Moonrise Kingdom, is one of his most enjoyable films to date. While it might not be quite as humorous as my personal favorite, The Royal Tenenbaums, the story wonderful and delicate. Perhaps even more importantly, it makes the viewer actually feel the awkward emotions from their first romance -in its full embarrassing glory.
Essentially, the story is a simple tale of adolescent romance, but the lengths the two go through in the name of love remind you just how tragically desperate preteens feel the first time they experience a fluttering in their hearts. Combine the pre-pubescent romance with bad parents, adultery, a dedicated -but inept boyscout leader, social services, the wish-washy friendships of kids that age and the biggest storm of the century and you have a thrilling drama that is as touching as it is humorous.
Don’t take my word for it though, check out Moonrise Kingdom for yourself when it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 16.