May 25, 2012

KINGDOM COME:

REVIEW: Moonrise Kingdom: Quintessential Wes Anderson film takes on salvation and community. (David Roark,  5/25/2012, Christianity Today)

With a Wes Anderson film, there's always a sense that something isn't right--that what you're seeing couldn't be real. Like, why does everyone in The Royal Tenenbaums act as if they live in the 1970s? Or why is no one killed in the shootout between the pirates and Team Zissou in The Life Aquatic? Then there are the eccentric characters: the enthusiastic Max Fischer of Rushmore, the delusional Dignan in Bottle Rocket. Through his distinct style--and his meticulous, colorful visual aesthetic--Anderson typifies the words "unconventional" and "idiosyncratic." Still, surreal as his works might be, they couldn't be more real when it comes to reflecting human experience. Infused with hope and humanity, they connect with us and challenge our pessimistic perceptions of life.

Moonrise Kingdom epitomizes this paradox, right from the opening sequence.



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