Saturday, June 30, 2012

What I Wore :: Gym Edition


Last night, we saw Moonrise Kingdom. So now I have to tuck my shirts in for awhile. Gosh, I love Wes Anderson. He really hits the mark. The children in the movie are in a golden bubble of innocence where everything is simple and sweet -even when they think their little messes are insurmountable. Meanwhile the adults' lives really are in a torrent!

Moonrise Kingdom is absolutely Anderson. For all those people who say that they just don't get Life Aquatic and thought it was terrible, don't even bother with this. It felt like Anderson really embraced his idiosyncratic pacing for once. I mean, he uses these long, slow shots in his other movies, but in this one they are central to how the story is told. It might get old if you were impatient or not a fan. I though it was brilliant.

There's not as much of the franticness of Darjeeling Ltd. or Fantastic Mister Fox. A slight relief.

The casting was so good that I forgot to mind that there were no Wilson brothers.

8 comments:

  1. You are adorable!! I wish I could pull off an outfit like this. :)

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  2. so sweet!! I am really keen on watching the film but I don't think it'll be on at the cinema here - it's a small town and they tend to only show blockbusters. :(

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  3. Some friends of mine still rate Bottle Rocket higher than Moonrise Kingdom but...as much as I love that movie, it did not connect with me emotionally at all. Most of Wes Anderson's films work on an intellectual level with me...I enjoy the quirk and the silliness and the surrealism. I think Rushmore still works second best for me because who doesn't know the sting of unrequited love at some point (it becomes double poignant when you experience that feeling as both a teen and an adult)? Moonrise Kingdom has a new place in my heart because (like you said) it captures two eras of romantic development pretty well. I also like the gulf between the khaki scouts being trained for a life of adventure and the very sedate, mundane lives that Ed Norton and Bruce Willis live. The whole movie seems to be about the distance between childhood and adulthood...and that, sometimes, the childlike happiness and innocence and adventure can be found when we are older (I am thinking of Norton's rescue attempt of the scout master or the way Bruce Willis' devotion to the woman he loves mirrors Sam's). I feel like all of his movies have been aimed in this direction (with The Life Aquatic coming closest) but this is the first time he hits the nail on the head. Instead of just being about adults who can't grow up (like in Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and Aquatic) and the family lines that stunted their growth, this one seems to be saying it is ok for Peter Pan to grow up as long as he never forgets the way back to Neverland. Just my two cents. I could be wrong.

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    1. I love that you always see more angles! The Khaki Scouts preparing for a life of adventure reminded me of this excerpt from The Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse:
      "You had a picture of life within you, a faith, a challenge, and you were ready for deeds and suffering and sacrifices, and then you became aware by degrees that the world asked no deeds and no sacrifices of you whatever, and that life is no poem of heroism with heroic parts to play and so on, but a comfortable room where people are quite content with eating and drinking, coffee and knitting, cards and wireless."
      When does that moment come when we realize that being a grown up just means we have a mountain of mundane responsibilities where once we had dreams?

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    2. You guys are both making me so excited to see the DVD when it comes out!

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    3. I haven't seen the movie (yet), but I had to comment on your thoughts, Lily. While I'll admit to a mountain of mundane responsibilities, I could never imagine my life without dreams. Although, maybe this is just because I am still young (and maybe not really grown up yet)?

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    4. Oh, my child, just give it a few more years. No, just kidding! I have dreams too!

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  4. Oh yes, you should know, since you are SO much older than me! ;)

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