Last week I managed to get to the cinema to watch Wes Anderson’s new film, Moonrise Kingdom. Being a fan of Anderson’s other works including ‘The Royal Tennenbaums’, ‘Rushmore’ and ‘The Darjeeling Limited’, I was desperate to see the film as soon as I caught the trailer a few months before. The film didn’t disappoint and what I saw was one of the most visually stunning films I’ve seen in a long time.
The film, set on the fictional New England island of New Penzance in 1965, tells the story of two smart but unpopular 12 year olds who fall in love and run away to be pursued by parents, the local policeman and the boy’s Khaki Scout troop. The film has tonnes of style to it with sets, costume and soundtrack all blending seamlessly to create something that is amazing to look at but it also has substance and a great cast, including Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis and long time collaborator Bill Murray to back it up.
As I previously mentioned, the costume and styling on the film, as with most of Anderson’s previous films, was incredibly well done. As the film was set in 1965, the looks were really retro but also had a very current feel to them with the resurgence of heritage-inspired clothing that we have seen over the last few years. The narrator’s outfit of fisherman’s beanie, red wool coat, chinos and Duck shoes gave that authentic New England style that people are lapping up at the minute. I’ll be searching for a pair of duck boots at this weekend’s Shoreditch Vintage Fair.
If you’re a fan of Anderson’s other films, it’s a must see and if you weren’t sure about his previous efforts, this could be the film that changes your mind. This is one of my films of 2012.