To be fair to Mr. Willis, who could easily kick my ass with his soul-piercing stare alone, his full quote from the behind-the-scenes clip below is as follows: “This is a Wes Anderson film, as unique as all his films are.” So it’s not like he was actually making an announcement or having an on-camera epiphany, but there really couldn’t be a more obvious statement that anyone could make about the director’s next movie. Based on everything we’ve seen so far, from the very first still images, Moonrise Kingdom may just be the most Wes Andersony film that was ever Wes Andersonied, which is saying something after the The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou nearly drowned from the overlow of twee.
All the things that make a Wes Anderson movie a Wes Anderson Movie are present in the video, too, because how could they not be? Costumes that function as uniforms. Characters who are matter-of-fact in the face of the ridiculous. A vaguely askew color palette. Camera work that oscillates almost rythmically between rigid framing and careful panning. Music that is sprite but tinged with sadness. Bill Murray. It really is almost as if Moonrise Kingdom is The Avengers of indie films. This isn’t a bad thing, but if you’re not already a fan of Anderson’s filmography, I can’t imagine being converted now. But maybe, like Bruce Willis, all you need is a little sudden realization of your own:
I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m looking forward to this coming out on May 25 as much as I am Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises later this summer. It’s been far too long since I’ve seen a new Wes Anderson picture, as I’ve yet to check out The Fantastic Mr. Fox — mainly because I always want to call it The Mr. Fantastic Fox and then I can’t stop giggling like a stereotypical Japanese school girl.
Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He’s pretty sure that if Bruce Willis is Captain
America Obvious, that makes Bill Murray Iron Man.