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Trailer for Wes Anderson’s Latest, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, Delighting Critics

Posted on the 13 January 2012 by Periscope @periscopepost
Trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, delighting critics

Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman. Photo credit: 92YTribeca,

The trailer for director Wes Anderson’s latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, has just hit the internets and already, hipster film buffs and critics alike are salivating.

Anderson, whose genre can probably best be described as “quirky”, has carved out a niche for himself as an indie auteur whose films are eagerly awaited oases in a barren field of Hollywood schlock. Or something like that.

Set in New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom sees a small town turned upside down after a pair of preternaturally serious (very) young lovers run away to some sort of wilderness idyll. The film stars regulars Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums, among others) and Bill Murray (Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums, among others), as well as Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, and a host of very somber-looking children.

So far, the trailer is delighting critics, who seem especially hopeful that Anderson has returned to his stylistic form after the mediocrity of his last live action film, 2007’s The Darjeeling Limited.

‘Just. Wow.’ Gushed Andrew Mack at Twitch, “Wes Anderson is truly one of America’s great young auteur directors. His direction style and approach to storytelling is unmistakable. He is one of the constant goods in that sea of mediocrity called Hollywood.”

A little disappointing? Maybe, warned Richard Lawson at The Atlantic Wire: “It’s a little disappointing that this looks like sort of a children’s movie, since he already did one of those with Fantastic Mr. Fox, but oh well. We’re sure it will be weird and silly but ultimately wistful and poignant, as most of his movies are. Guys, Wes Anderson is back! Doing live-action! It’s like it’s 2001 all over again. Sigh.”

So excited. Said Heidi Palatano at The Metro, “Wes Anderson movies are very rare and treasured things. Granted, there’s always some dope in the group who says that his best film was Rushmore and he hasn’t done much good since, but that person will still always see a new Wes Anderson film when it comes out. And for that reason, we’re really excited about Moonrise Kingdom.”

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