Thursday, January 3, 2013

Moonrise Kingdom

January 3, 2012




I only came across the title of this movie when the list of nominees for the Golden Globes came out. "Moonrise Kingdom" is among the nominees for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. I decided I would watch it, and maybe, since the initial scenes involved kids, maybe get my kids interested to see it too.

Not so. Even if the lead characters were only 12-year old kids, there were several scenes that were very uncomfortable even for someone my age with kids that age. It is not because the film dealt about two kids running away from their lonely homes. However, with scenes involving violence with scissors and arrows with an actual victim killed, or worse, French kissing and inappropriate touching while dressed only in underwear, clearly this is NOT for kids at all.

The film had the old-time feel of "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" which I liked, innocent, nostalgic. No wonder, since this film was also directed by Wes Anderson. The setting of rural America in 1965 is recreated so well with the amazingly detailed production design. The scouting scenes were also very charming, mostly that is. The veterans in the supporting cast which included Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton all did very well.

For me, I was disappointed that Wes Anderson had to go too far with his depiction of teenage aggression and sexual experimentation. While I know these things do happen in real life, this film could have been a more precious piece without those disturbing scenes. They could have been executed with less graphic details. Too bad, I cannot allow my tween kids to see scenes like those yet. The rest of the film would have been perfectly nice to watch with them.

15 comments:

  1. I think teenagers now are more adventurous than back then which maybe the basis of the films depiction.

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  2. I have a tween and we watch anime that can be considered violent by older generations' description but since its cartoons it doesn't look too graphic. It's now considered more like having superhero powers.

    However, they are not sexual or disturbing in nature. I have no problem if we allow adults to watch graphic movies. They are adults but there is something we need to preserve in children to let them keep their innocence a little bit longer. We don't want to de-sensitive them or make them think that its alright to see those things because they are natural. How can it be natural if even adults are shocked or uncomfortable watching it.

    We have an entire lifetime to become adults but we only have a little more than ten years to stay as a child and 7 years to be a teenager. There is no need to rush them to see these things.

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    1. Hi Teacher Ia. You may want to see it because it deals with children's behavior, as is your forte. I am interested to learn about your views when you do get to watch.

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  3. Interesting. Will look for a copy of that one.

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  4. Good thing I was able to read this review before I actually download it. Thank you for that info

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  5. An interesting movie for the family to watch. Gotta check it out since it's a musical. My kids loves musical films.

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    1. Hi Ron. It is not a musical, but a black comedy. And as I have written, I do not think it is good for kids.

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  6. You made a good review for those not wanting to see this. That 'disturbing scene' seems interesting, so I will look into some torrent links.

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    1. Hi Itin. Let me know if it also disturbs you or not. Haha!

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  7. We really need to be careful in letting kids watch movies or TV shows that will rob them of their innocence. Quite curious with the movie though and wondering why it was not popular despite the good casting

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  8. Im now watching its trailer in Youtube. I agree with what you said. Writers and directors should be more sensitive in portraying scenes like these. Let kids be kids and don't expose them to movies that will corrupt their innocence and purity.

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