Moonrise Kingdom finally came to Columbus. The funny bits were indeed humorous, but not really in a laugh out loud kind of way. Like, maybe I'll chuckle to myself, but there was definitely a great deal of sadness permeating underneath everything the adults did. Bill Murray chopping down the tree got some good laughs from the crowd, but I think that people find it funny because its what we've come to expect from Murray in an Anderson film. Murray's character isn't a whole lot different from his character in The Royal Tenenbaums, but everyone is a dick in that movie, so someone feeling sad for themselves isn't a shocker. In Moonrise Kingdom, the adults are sharply contrasted against the kiddies and their youthful exuberance (beach scene
). So when compared to Anderson's other films (which you can't help but do), emotionally, the highs are higher and the lows are lower.
It kind of felt like a greatest hits compilation, incorporating parts of his other films greatly. Auters gonna auter, I guess.
Jake B. Likeme made mention of it, and I felt the same way, that as the film was ending, you knew it was ending and you didn't want it to. Not because the ending was more interesting than the rest of the film or had some great secret to reveal. That feeling of closure, the finality of something ending, really takes it's toll. Like, when you're a kid on summer break, but you have to go back to school in a week. You look back on all of the fun adventures that you had and wax all poetic and shit. When something awesome starts (like summer as a kid, a new relationship, a vacation abroad, whatever), it feels like it will last forever, so when it ultimately does end, it hits home much harder.