— Posted by Alyssa
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton
Should You See It?: Yes, you should
If I can only use one word to describe Wes Anderson’s latest movie it would be quirky. However, that one word can effectively be used to describe every movie he has written and directed thus far.
There’s no adventure too outrageous or too risk too great to take when it comes to true love. And two preteens who still haven’t hit puberty yet are convinced that they know the meaning of love that great. Sam is a Khaki Scout who’s Scout Master (Norton) is a square who has dedicated his life to the beige lifestyle. Suzy lives in a lovely house with her three brothers and her uncommunicative parents, her mom Laura (McDormand) and her often shirtless, pajama-wearing father Walt (Murray). With the assistance of an incompetent police officer ironically named Captain Sharp (Willis) the ragtag team attempts to hunt down the missing children, with the least amount of casualties.
It’s a joy to see Edward Norton in cut-off khaki shorts dangling a cigarette from his mouth and saying phrases like “Jiminy Cricket, he’s flown the coop,” and it’s an even greater joy to see Bill Murray in his prime, stealing every scene that he’s in. The two youngsters who were cast in the lead roles, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, seem to belong in a storybook. It’s like a child’s fable told through the eyes of an adult.
When it comes to Anderson films, the humor always lies in the dry subtleties. He doesn’t disappoint here with an offbeat, dark-humored ode to young love. Everybody feeds off each other in a naturally obscure way and everyone in this movie is a little cranky. It’s funny to watch and doesn’t overstay its welcome. My only hope for this movie was that he concerned himself less with the details and more with the characters (something he’s guilty of in almost every movie he’s made). Overall, it’s a wildly enjoyable movie that doesn’t get too caught up in moodiness and teenage angst to be able to poke fun at it.