At this point, it’s easy to know what to expect from Wes Anderson. Great Performers, a distinct visual style, and maybe just maybe some twee. In Moonrise Kingdom there’s Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman in a story about two star-crossed child lovers who escape from a summer camp, which leads to a full scale rescue mission. The film opens May 25, and now there’s a trailer.
With that release date, it suggests the film is going to Cannes, which is no surprise. And with Wes Anderson you’re dealing with a very distinct visual approach, so much so that watching the trailer you get a real sense of what it is. But now there’s at least some new players to the team, and it will be interesting to see how Willis and Norton work in the Anderson universe.
I like Wes Anderson, but at this point he doesn’t seem to have many screwballs left in his pitching arm. He makes the sort of movies he makes, and they’ve come to have a very narrow set of themes and ideas. From the trailer you can see that he’s doing things that are very similar to everything he’s done before for better or worse. Granted, I don’t think he’d do well within the studio system, nor would the world be better with him helming tentpoles, but it’s a curious career full charm and repetition. We’ll know how this one turns out in May.
What’s your favorite Wes Anderson film?