Re: Peng Does Underseen Director#3: Wes Anderson
7/7Moonrise Kingdom (2012) - 9/10
I previously held Fantastic Mr. Fox
over this one. Now I'm less certain. The film is like bottled charm, and it just multiplies on rewatch. Is there a better audience anchor in Wes Anderson's films than Sam Shakusky? Or a more sympathetic pairing than him and Suzy Bishop? Both Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward bring their characters to life perfectly, with all the normal pre-teen awkwardness and some Anderson idiosyncratic touches. His compositions have never been more precise. I have said about storybook quality in his films before, but this is the most he has applied this sensibility to, from the tracking shots that feel like we are turning a book's page, to every scene packing with intricate visual gems. It oozes so much wonder and nostalgia. Sam's "Rat!" even makes me recall how I once spent a long time buried in dictionary, determining what the word means in a children book. The two kids' connection is also lovingly rendered, and grounded by surrounding them with the adults' bitterness and disappointment.