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Art and Magic

I had never ever heard of this film before. You know me, living under my rock and all.

We were sitting in front of the TV flipping through the millions of channels trying to find something interesting to watch.

There was a little blurb for a film across the top of the program listings screen, showing a little boy in a coonskin cap and glasses, looking across a field at a young auburn haired girl in a pink mod Twiggy Dress from the 60s. The boy had on a giant backpack and was carrying a Red Ryder BB gun. “Starring Bruce Willis” the marquis text runs across it. We did not have a clue what the film was all about, but we said WTH and rented it.

We watched Moonrise Kingdom, and it was the most quirky, charming, magical, and beautiful piece of film I’ve seen in years. Two kids in a Bizarro World almost straight out of Napoleon Dynamite meet and fall in love, and run away together, on this New England island in the mid 60s. If you haven’t been to the art film theater in a while, see this one. If you’ve missed the pure film magic that was in The Shipping News or in The Secret of Roan Inish, or are just sick of explosions, car chases, and comic book characters with superpowers derived from a 9 year old boy’s imagination, then this is a film you will cherish. If you’re just dating and want to prod your relationship to the next level, have her over and spin this disc.

Do you remember the first time you saw Like Water For Chocolate or Chocolat? It’s that kind of beautiful happy magic, and it has nothing to do with chocolate whatsoever. My Life As a Dog comes to mind as well. Perfect beautiful art.

Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel and a host of recognizable others in the adult roles, with stellar performances by Kara Howard and Jared Gilman as the young lovers.

And now that I’ve seen it, I looked up all the reviews, and everyone else is in love with this movie too. So I guess I called it right. It’s family friendly, but it really isn’t for little kids. It’s for adults who need a few layers of cynicism scraped away.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/21/2012 at 09:04 PM   
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