Moonrise Kingdom glows with Anderson's signature style. Scenes filled with generic, everyday objects take on the colorful charm of a neatly ordered curio cabinet. The camera pans in straight lines: up, down, right, left. And, complementing the story's idyllic setting in 1965, the whole film has an aged yellow tint like melted sunshine. For those of you who happened to miss seeing Moonrise Kingdom on a big screen during its initial release last summer, and for those of you who did watch it and crave another viewing, it will be shown at Top of the Park on June 26. Outdoors on a big screen in the summer should be the perfect way to experience fully a few extraordinary feats of character, as well as to soak up its subtlety and warmth of spirit.
[Originally published in June, 2013.]