Scrambler Watches - Moonrise Kingdom.
I've been lucky to watch three great films in a row, which is a feat considering the amount of films one watches as a single man in Shanghai. Normally, your time is spent funneling the dross past the quality, but the past week has seen three good films (some watched twice) - The Five Year Engagement (the best rom com in a long time), Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World (the title of which I may have gotten slightly wrong) and Moonrise Kingdom. However, as a film fan, only one really deserves a half assed, DonkeyFire-esque review, and that is Wes Anderson's latest picture.
Straight up - this is the most Wes Andersonish film I've ever seen. If you like his schtick, you'll jizz kittens over this. It has it all - long, complicated single shots across complex sets, period dress, an antique soundtrack, a beautiful love story, gorgeous scenery and Bill Murray. But it didn't quite hit the mark for me.
Don't get me wrong, this is a film worth watching. But if anything, it made me love his previous films (particularly The Royal Tenanbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) all the more. Yes, it has Ed Norton, Bruce Willis and Tilda Swinton, and they are excellent. But it felt 20 minutes too short (something I didn't think I'd say after the opening 20 minutes dragged), and it didn't explore the relationships I wanted to know more about - mostly the love triangle between Bruce, Bill and Frances McDormand).
I love Wes' style, and I love his attention to detail. But this film didn't have enough development amongst the whole cast, which is something I've come to expect from him. I still think Bill Murray was amazing, but more than anything I hope to see Willis included in his next picture, with a relationship formed between his talents and Murray's.
So I toast this film: to the next Anderson joint, and a hopeful meeting of minds that lets the better players in this cast (i.e. everyone) better show off a more exciting and eclectic script.