Wes Anderson has a style and cinematic voice that is so distinct, you know it almost immediately after seeing a single frame. And while his ongoing explorations of his obsessions have led to disappointments like “The Darjeeling Limited,” his return to live action filmmaking following the charming “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” looks to find the director once again at the height of his powers.
Familiar yet fresh, the first trailer for “Moonrise Kingdom” will easily delight longtime fans of Anderson and even impress those who may have become jaded about his work. Wearing its “Pierrot Le Fou” influence clearly on its sleeve, and powered by an undercurrent of self awareness which keeps it from slipping into self-indulgence, the story centering on kids — with newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward leading the pack — seems to have brought fresh vigor to Anderson’s world.
Co-written with Roman Coppola and starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel, the story is set in Anderson-stylized 1960s New England, and follows a young boy and young girl who fall in love and run away together, turning their small town upside down in the process. Yes, it’s reminiscent of much we’ve seen from Anderson, yet it feels alive and fresh, with a whole new world we’re eager to explore. The song in the trailer of course is, “Le Temps de L’amour” by French chanteuse Francoise Hardy. Maybe someone checked out our suggestions way back when?
“Moonrise Kingdom” opens on May 25th. Watch below. [Apple]