Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson

USA, 2011

Cornerhouse, 28 May 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

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.