With no rotten tomatoes in sight, Moonrise Kingdom looks set for a stellar opening weekend, after its Cannes debut earlier in the week. Wes Anderson's newest quirky comedy has been heaped with praise from the critics and so far has scored a staggering 96 per cent on the reviews aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes. It may not have the mainstream appeal of movies such as The Avengers and The Hunger Games, which have dominated the box office charts recently, but if positive reviews can be converted into box office sales, then it should be an impressive weekend for Wes and company.
Todd MCCarthy, writing for Hollywood Reporter, compared Moonrise Kingdom to Anderson's previous effort, 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox', saying that, like in previous movies, "Anderson is able to express sincere personal connection and compatibility while employing a highly artificial style." Writing for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw describes Moonrise Kingdom as "eccentric but heartfelt." Meanwhile, TIME Magazine's Richard Corliss was waxing lyrical, in his review, from the Cannes opening: "Cheers for a Cannes director who has infused his technical mastery with radiant life. In the Museum of the World of Wes Anderson, the dolls are dancing."
This latest movie from Wes Anderson sees the director branching out a little from his usual core cast members and has Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel and Edward Norton working alongside Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand. The movie tells the story of a search party on the hunt for a young couple who have fled their home town.