Directed by Wes Anderson
Cornerhouse, 28 May 2012
As deadpan Americana goes, this is delightful stuff, closer in spirit to Eric Kraft than (say) Ben Marcus.
We have a teenage love story, the boy a scout and an orphan, the girl erratic and impulsive, the two together a perfect if palpitating heart. Not only is it gorgeous in design – its world an artificial, dazzlingly colourful pastoral – and engaging and humorous with it, the film is touching too. Golden days should lead you to wayward ways, a path that leaves you lost in a forest.
The casting seems in some respects idiosyncratic – Willis as a mild-mannered cop, Norton and Keitel as scoutmasters – but it proves in practice to be devastatingly effective.
Let’s be grateful that this world now exists – it is no longer necessary to invent it. One of those films you long to live in, or at least go on holiday in for a long while.