Cannes: "Moonrise Kingdom" Not My Cup of Tea

Moonrise Kingdom

First day at the Cannes Film Festival went ok. I was here several years ago with two Rotten Tomatoes editors, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Yamato (now with Movie Line). Back then, I had a badge for the Marche Du Film, an event running parallel to the film festival that’s more for film buyers, festival organizers, and industry people. I got it because they only gave us two press badges.

You can buy a badge for the Marche Du Film, which would give you access to films from both events. It cost about $300-$450 depending on how early you get it; the earlier the cheaper.

This time I got a press badge, which is free. All you need is a website with some traffic.

I didn’t get to Cannes until around 2pm-ish and found out that I had missed an early morning screening of Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” the opening film starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton. Oh yeah, Anderson stable Jason Schwartzman has a minor role.

I’m not really a big fan of Anderson, but I like the cast. My favorite film from him is “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” That film made me appreciate his artistry. The frames in his films are neatly and symmetrically arranged. Anderson’s cinematic worlds are unique and quirky. I didn’t notice these things before “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The animated format amplifies these qualities to me.

As for “Moonrise Kingdom,” I was able to catch an evening screening. I didn’t like it as much as “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” but it fits in nicely with his other live-action features, like “The Royal Tenanbaums” and “The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou.” It’s not as good as either though.

"Moonrise Kingdom" is about two misfit kids who falls in love. Because the girl’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) disapprove of their relationship, they run away. The whole town goes looking for them. The boy’s adopted family don’t seem to care thugh. The cop (Bruce Willis) who has an affair with the girl’s mom develops a friendship with him. The disgraced boyscout leader (Edward Norton) who lost him tries to redeem himself. Everything works out neatly in the end.

"Moonrise Kingdom" is a decent film - well-acted, has nice kid-friendly visuals, and some laughs - but like Anderson’s other live-action films about dysfunctional families, it’s really not my cup of tea.

It's not a film that'll do gangbusters at the box office, but no one's expecting that from Anderson.

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