2012 Year in Review: The 10 Best Movies
Wes Anderson’s cinematic dollhouses have been a constant source of entertainment – if not enchantment – for more than 15 years now, but Moonrise Kingdom demonstrates how beautifully refined he’s been able to make them. Feeling almost like a prequel to, well, virtually any of his other films, but especially his masterpiece Rushmore, Anderson creates a virtual origin story for the entire oevure of his romantic oddballs with this tale of a Wilderness Scout who struggles to find his place in the world.
Anchored by two beautifully quirky but never unbelievable performances by its child stars, Anderson’s film relishes the same sorts of type fonts, costume details and cinematic flourishes as its predecessors, but the director perfectly nails the delightful obliviousness of childhood optimism while at the same time capturing the bittersweet context in which it flourishes – a world where adults struggle for deeper connections, and often fail, if only because their hearts have calcified with disappointment and bitterness. A delicate, heartbreaking treatise to young love, Moonrise Kingdom is one of the year’s best romances, and a film whose impact will last long after its stars (and we as the audience) grow up.