|Breathable atmosphere, yes, but with significant amounts of Moronium.|
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
|No man is an island.|
It seems traditional now that a new Wes Anderson film brings critical reactions that are not focused solely on the work itself, but of how it fits in his oeuvre. Anderson’s style, even as it develops and matures – and this extends to characterizations, not just production design, cinematography, music, and editing – has become so identifiable that it overshadows much of the discussion of his individual stories. This either becomes an easy target for those critics who don’t care for his films, or a default through-line for those who appreciate them. With Moonrise Kingdom, the tale of young, troubled lovers who attempt to run away off a New England island, Anderson seems to address this critical tendency, both obliquely and directly (which will be covered in the last part of this review). While this may not provoke a new approach to his work, he delivers his most balanced and sophisticated film to date.