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What Kind Of Bird Are You? Trailer For Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Is Here (And It's Great)

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 12, 2012 3:11 PM
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Wes Anderson has a style and cinematic voice that is so distinct, you know it almost immediately after seeing a single frame. And while his ongoing explorations of his obsessions have led to disappointments like "The Darjeeling Limited," his return to live action filmmaking following the charming "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" looks to find the director once again at the height of his powers.

Familiar yet fresh, the first trailer for "Moonrise Kingdom" will easily delight longtime fans of Anderson and even impress those who may have become jaded about his work. Wearing its "Pierrot Le Fou" influence clearly on its sleeve, and powered by an undercurrent of self awareness which keeps it from slipping into self-indulgence, the story centering on kids -- with newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward leading the pack -- seems to have brought fresh vigor to Anderson's world.

Co-written with Roman Coppola and starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel, the story is set in Anderson-stylized 1960s New England, and follows a young boy and young girl who fall in love and run away together, turning their small town upside down in the process. Yes, it's reminiscent of much we've seen from Anderson, yet it feels alive and fresh, with a whole new world we're eager to explore. The song in the trailer of course is, "Le Temps de L'amour" by French chanteuse Francoise Hardy. Maybe someone checked out our suggestions way back when?

"Moonrise Kingdom" opens on May 25th. Watch below. [Apple]

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  • Sven | January 13, 2012 1:18 AMReply

    No Keitel in the trailer... or did I miss him?

  • rodie | January 13, 2012 1:04 AMReply

    This does look fun. A much lighter tone than I was expecting for some reason, but count me excited.

  • jimmiescoffee | January 13, 2012 12:11 AMReply

    love it...and yes i've had an original framed 'pierrot le fou' poster on my wall for 5 years.

  • LA2000 | January 12, 2012 11:11 PMReply

    I really feel like I've seen him do all of this before. Precocious kids who act like adults and wacky, neurotic adults who act like children. I get it.

    Even the Cohens eventually grew up and did "No Country for Old Men".

  • lolomg23 | January 14, 2012 4:30 PM

    You are wrong, because every wes anderson movie is more intimate than his previous and reveals more and more on each viewing. You are only referring to the outline but not the real matter

  • hank | January 12, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    this looks incredible.

  • dudeabides | January 12, 2012 5:27 PMReply

    it seems like i agree with everyone here saying Wes is awesome! and Darjeeling Limited was a fantastic movie. i guess he's an acquired taste :P

  • StephenM | January 12, 2012 5:22 PMReply

    Wow. Count me in. Looks awesome.

    (And Darjeeling Limited might be on balance his weakest film, but it's by no means bad.)

  • KT | January 12, 2012 5:12 PMReply

    "The Darjeeling Limited" sucked but yeah, this looks like textbook Wes Anderson... meaning I'm excited.

  • Chris | January 12, 2012 4:46 PMReply

    The Darjeeling Limited a disappointment? Hardly! I dare say it was his best film (and if not then second only to The Royal Tenenbaums.)

    I think you need to revisit the movie.

  • Tyrannosaurus Max | January 12, 2012 7:37 PM

    YES YES YES I agree. Very much so. Indeed.

  • Cinematic_High | January 12, 2012 4:07 PMReply

    Holy shit! That's looks wonderful!

  • Ben | January 12, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    What a great trailer. My expectations are soaring.

  • Pallavi | January 12, 2012 3:55 PMReply

    Darjeeling Limited was such a great watch. I can't help but like his stuff!

  • iche | January 12, 2012 3:45 PMReply

    @ Reese:

    It's called Le Temps de L'amour by Francoise Hardy

    Also, another rad version by April March; not too different from the original, though.

  • Reese | January 12, 2012 11:12 PM

    Love it! Thanks

  • styles | January 12, 2012 3:29 PMReply

    The Darjeeling Limited was far from a disappointment. I think it's his best film.

  • Stephen B | January 12, 2012 3:28 PMReply

    Did he finally give up the Futura font? Bruce Willis fits in way better than I expected. Murray shirtless wearing patch madras pants is a win.

  • Reese | January 12, 2012 3:25 PMReply

    does anyone know the song playing at 1:10?

  • catherine | January 12, 2012 3:53 PM

    Francoise Hardy- Le Temps de L'amour

  • Hilary | January 12, 2012 3:44 PM

    Francoise Hardy - Le Temps De L'Amour

  • rotch | January 12, 2012 3:22 PMReply

    walks on the thin line of self-parody but doesn't seem to cross it. color me super excited.

  • joebranca | January 12, 2012 5:50 PM

    hm, the fabric of the trailer is too familiar, it crosses the line of self parody for me. nothing made me even crack a smile. it feels like a mash up of Rushmore/Tenenbaums/Life Aquatic

  • Mell | January 12, 2012 3:22 PMReply

    I second that.

  • fkjj | January 12, 2012 3:16 PMReply

    Yep. Amazing.

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