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Whimsy's Ahoy In Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

January 13, 2012

What a perfect amount of whimsy in the trailer to Wes Anderson’s latest creation, Moonrise Kingdom. Not to say that whimsy is something to be lauded at by the gods.

Whimsy can be bad sometimes. Like, you wouldn’t want to find “whimsy” in a church service dedicated to worshiping the Almighty God. You wouldn’t want to find it beleaguered in a heated discussion during a committee meeting aimed at balancing a budget. Or what would be the point of whimsy during passionate lovemaking. Okay, maybe sometimes it might prove interesting.

But what would a Wes Anderson movie be without whimsy?

It would be a big pile of suck, that’s what. But thankfully, this trailer seems to bleed with the same kind of pedigree one has come to expect from Anderson.

If you’re a fan, or at least mildly curious, do yourself a service and check out the trailer that was released yesterday. The plot is fairly straightforward. Two twelve-year-olds fall in love and make a secret pact to meet up, both running away from their respective places. This brings about a sort of “manhunt” from some of cinema’s most—ahem—whimsical actors. We’ve got Ed Norton as some sort of boy scout counselor. Then there’s Bruce Willis as a courageous sheriff. Bill Murray, an Anderson staple, appears as the girl’s father, with just the right amount of strange. His wife, played by Frances McDormand (could the casting be any better), is shown using a megaphone to get her husband’s attention. Let’s not forget Jason Schwartzman and Tilda Swinton. Aren’t they always playing wonderfully bizarre characters?

This year has just barely been born, with resolutions (old or not) a plenty. If you’re into that type of thing, resolve to watch this film when it comes out. What else are you gonna do? Find a tree to chop down?

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  • Reply Richard Sanchez January 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I just heard about this movie this morning! Awesome. Can’t wait, 🙂

  • Reply janelle kihlstrom (@jekihlstrom) January 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Yay — looking forward to this one!

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