While I was desperately trying to strategically time my coughing fits to avoid missing the subtle gems hidden in the dialogue of Wes Anderson’s newest movie, Moonrise Kingdom, the wife of the man next to me leaned over and whispered – “This is funny!” To which he immediately responded – “This is weird.” Somewhere, Wes Anderson is smiling.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom is a story of the love between Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward), the troubled daughter of two unhappily married lawyers – Laura (Frances McDormand) and Walt Bishop (Bill Murray); and least favorite Khaki Scout Sam (Jared Gilman), orphan, currently at scout camp for the summer. After a lengthy pen pal relationship following a chance meeting in a dressing room for a church play, the young couple decide to declare their love for each other and elope. Upon discovering Sam’s disappearance, Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) reaches out to ineffectual island sheriff Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) to begin the manhunt. Captain Sharp’s search brings him to Suzy’s house, where to the surprise of Laura and Walt Bishop; they find Suzy missing as well. On the brink of an anticipated record breaking storm, all (ir)responsible factions, including the other young scouts, join together to bring the children back to safety.
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Scott Pilgrim vs The World tells the story of a 23 year old boy named…Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) who is in a rock-band trying to make it big, while at the same time Scott is trying to get over his ex-girlfriend. Scott then meets the girl of his dreams (literally) in Ramona Flowers and finds out it isn’t that easy to just start dating her. Instead, he must defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex’s first. In a series of Street Fighter-esque battles, Scott must fight each evil ex one by one to get closer to Ramona, all while learning more about himself along the way.
First off, you must know that the movie Scott Pilgrim vs the World is based on the Oni Press graphic novel Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, written by Bryan Lee O’Malley. With that in mind, the director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) does a fantastic job of recreating the graphic novel. Scott is an uber nerd in the novel – and this is played up big time in the movie. Playing off of classic arcade games, throughout the film you will find video game sound effects and visuals. Scott Pilgrim blends video games, sit-coms, and comic books to form an entertaining movie that doesn’t take itself seriously. The story is full of short sentences, witty remarks, and fast paced action sequences. While this is a strong point of the film, it is also a downfall. This will make the film extremely polarizing with audiences – while most will love the quick A.D.D. dialog and fighting – others will find it not thought out and nothing more than briefly watching parts of shows while flipping through the channels. The abilities of director Wright shine here – being able to balance the story and the quick action make it hard to resist this film. To understand what I mean, you really just have to see it – check out some clips here.
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