Thursday, June 7, 2012

OSCAR WATCH: Moonrise Kingdom

So, this is a very hard review to write. Reason being, I felt very indifferent while watching this movie. I certainly didn't hate it, but it didn't really grab my interest either. This is definitely a film for Wes Anderson fans. His distinct style will thrill his loyal fans, but may irk those (like me) who just don't "get" him. The strong reviews however, have caused various Oscar pundits to declare this as a Best Picture contender. I personally don't see it, as I really can't see Academy members truly loving it (unless the membership suddenly became full of young hipsters). However, I do think it has a strong chance in Best Original Screenplay, as it seems like the sort of imaginative originality that tends to do well in that category. To a lesser extent, it could also challenge for a Best Director nod. Anderson is certainly meticulous and and purposeful with his style and really embodies the notion of the auteur. I think the film would have to be unanimously adored for Anderson to get into the highly esteemed director category at the Oscars, so I can't see it happening. Overall, the film undeniably contains all the pieces necessary for a good film. The cast is great, working with fully-developed characters, while the cinematography and music are also very good. However, the deadpan dry humour failed to resonate with me.

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