This fantastical film about the innocence and depth of childhood is set firmly in 1960’s New England. Yet we think there’s something very French about it. From the main character Suzy’s wardrobe, to the stylishly vintage set you’d expect in a bobo (bourgeois-bohemian) cafe in Paris, to the epoch record player featuring Francoise Hardy’s song Le Temps de L’ Amour–all of it gives off a decidedly French sentiment. Maybe that’s why the film opened the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Aside from it being Wes Anderson’s best film with a very drôle cast (Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand), we recommend watching it for its sincere vision of adolescence, love and life. Moonrise Kingdom celebrates wonder and magic as much as it mourns the loss of those very things. And the adventure storyline is one that makes you want to pack your yellow vinyl suitcase and go tromping out into the world. At least we hope it does.
You can get a feel for the mood with this video. Enjoy.