Wes Anderson 's hotly anticipated new movie, Moonrise Kingdom opened at Cannes on Wednesday and so far, seems to be one of the frontrunners for the coveted Palme D'Or trophy. The movie's stars, including Bruce Willis and Bill Murray, received a warm welcome on the red carpet at the festival's opening and so far, the critical response to the movie has been highly favourable.
'Moonrise Kingdom' is the first film from Anderson since 2009 when he tackled an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox.' Anderson is revered both in the worlds of mainstream and underground cinema, for his quirky, off-beat comedies, such as 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,' 'The Royal Tenembaums' and 'Rushmore.' Early reports suggest that 'Moonrise Kingdom' has also hit the mark, with Variety magazine describing the film as an "auteur-friendly (Cannes) debut, balancing artistic sensibility with considerable star power."
The results of the Palme D'Or will not be announced until a week on Sunday (May 27, 2012) and 'Moonrise Kingdom' may have launched the film festival on the right note but it already faces fierce competition, from the competition films that have been showcased so far. Marion Cotillard's latest venture, 'Rust and Bone' has particularly impressed the critics. The Egyptian movie 'After The Battle' seems to have fared less well, with The Guardian's Xan Brooks awarding it just 2 stars from a possible five. Wes Anderson may be the frontrunner at this early stage but there is still everything to play for, for those films still awaiting their moment on screen.