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Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
The filmís subject matter is slight, but Anderson amplifies the emotional stakes so that the audience becomes invested in the fate of this seemingly doomed young couple. The directorís consistently insistent immaturity becomes an asset here, as he is able to tap into the alienation and frustration that defines their young lives. At the same time, their romance is treated as something comically precocious. The boyís overpreparedness and the girlís sullenness are expected to endear us to them and serve as a satirical reminder of childhood folly in equal measure. As a result, Moonrise Kingdom is wistful without being cloying. Anderson appreciates that these kids have been genuinely wounded by their short livesí disappointments, but at the same time is naÔve enough to believe that their love can salvage them. The natural intimacy that Anderson pulls from his young leads, even as he surrounds them in an archly artificial world, goes a long way toward making the film work.
Moonrise Kingdomís biggest problem is that as astutely observed it might be at every moment, it ends up feeling like something less than a sum of its parts. It might be too much to ask a tale about the first stirrings of romance to be deep, but one gets the impression that by spending time on a love triangle between three of the adult characters, that Anderson hoped to amplify the young unsí bittersweet stirrings until they reflected some universal truths. Thereís an undercurrent of sadness here, to be sure, but it stays just out of reach, somewhat lost among the hustle and bustle of the overcomplicated cast of characters and series of vivid set pieces. Still, Moonrise Kingdom is a charming reminder of Andersonís particular talent for spinning fantasies about the collective childhood we all wish we had.