Sunday, January 22, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom - Trailer

There is always something special about a new Wes Anderson film. Moonrise Kingdom is a coming-of-age tale about two young lovers who run away from their New England homes & cause a search party to come looking for them. 

After six films, Anderson has attracted a reasonable amount of mainstream attention (& Oscar affection for The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr Fox), but seems untempted to waver from his own creative compass. Moonrise Kingdom seems deliberately smaller, younger & less tethered to reality than usual, basking in its own handmade 70s feel & magic-realist indulgences. 

Anderson's films exist in their own colourful, pan-faced universe, usually laced with some form of death or tragedy. While his film's are usually location bound - a private school, a family home, a submarine, an Indian train, a series of underground burrows - Kingdom is set in the great (or at least local) outdoors.

Anderson always attracts a great cast & has roped in some inspired new faces, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton & Frances McDormand, rounded out by long-time collaborators Bill Murray & Jason Schwartzman, just to confirm that this is indeed a Wes Anderson film.  

There doesn't seem to be an official poster, yet, but this fan-made poster by Laura Perm-Jardin is just lovely.