Moonrise Michael

I may have turned in my review of my favorite 2012 release so far — Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom — almost a week ago, but Michael Leary, an excellent film reviewer and a friend of mind for more than a decade now, got his published online first.

So row your boat on over to Filmwell, the blog that Leary and I launched in March 2009, and read his thoughtful observations on what he calls “a high point in Anderson’s cinema.” (My own review will be up at Good Letters on Thursday.)

Leary writes:

Moonrise Kingdom marks a high point in Anderson’s cinema (even if The Life Aquatic remains his masterpiece to date). Every element in Anderson’s past films is revisited here in the plight of the characters on this island, including the ever-present reliable narrator that is himself subject to the incoming storm he has been describing. It is a good place to start reading his films as a canon of sorts.

And as a filmmaker, Moonrise Kingdom elevates my respect for Anderson’s voice and craftsmanship to such an extent that I couldn’t help but watch it as a part of that classic constellation of films about childhood like 400 Blows,Les mistonsSmall ChangeLe ballon rouge, Where is the Friend’s Home?, or The White Balloon. That’s… not bad.

You can scan more first impression reviews of Moonrise Kingdom in my post from last May, when the film opened the Cannes Film Festival.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Claire

    We eagerly await your review of MOONRISE KINGDOM. I’ve had to talk myself out of seeing it for a third time in the theater. Movies, even a matinee, so expensive.