Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Tuesday's Overlooked Movie: Moonrise Kingdom

Okay, I'll admit up front that for the most part, "quirky" usually does not work for me. Most of the TV comedies of the past, say, decade and a half that were critics' darlings and multiple award winners I've found to be unfunny and downright annoying. The same goes for movies. From what I understand, writer/director Wes Anderson is known for films that are quirky. I can understand that after watching MOONRISE KINGDOM.

Which is not to say I hated it or even disliked it. I wouldn't be writing about it if I did. ("If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.") The plot's not bad: a couple of 12-year-olds fall in love and run off together, prompting a search that involves a rather wacky troop of Boy Scouts (they're called "Khaki Scouts" in the movie). Some of the characters are likable and interesting, there was an occasional funny line, and the movie generates enough suspense that I watched the whole thing because I wanted to know what was going to happen.

But almost everybody in the movie delivers their lines in the same deadpan monotone, which quickly got so irritating I wanted to yell at the screen, "Just talk like normal human beings, already!" The things they were doing and saying were oddball enough to start with.

So MOONRISE KINGDOM left me scratching my head and wondering how I felt about it. I still haven't figured it out. I think I kind of liked it...but I'm not sure yet. 


pattinase (abbott) said...

Don't try the BUDAPEST HOTEL then. Even more annoying.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I liked MOONRISE KINGDOM. Did not like GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL at all and cannot understand all the Oscar nominations.

Jeff M.

Bill Crider said...

Liked this quite a bit and loved GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. I've liked every Wes Anderson movie I've seen, in fact.