Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Moonrise Kingdom and Oscar?
Well the golden reviews the Wes Anderson film received this summer were pretty impressive. A 94% on critical aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, and a 84 on Metacritic are comparable to falls heavy hitters (and certain Best Picture nominees) Argo and Lincoln; my review here. Plus, it's $45 million at the summer box office is good enough (more so than The Artist made last year.) It was a bonafide sleeper that played and played and played well. It held the record for the biggest opening weekend per-screen average for a live action feature of all time, until Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master yanked it away a mere four months later. It's an enchanting film, and upon its debut as the opener of this years Cannes Film Festival, many were wistful of the personally-honed nature that Wes Anderson channeled within his own idiosyncratic charm.
While Moonrise Kingdom will forever remain a dark horse Best Picture (and even more so Best Director) candidate, these early gets offer a nice bit of exposure for a film surely to be forgotten in the haste of the coming weeks. If nothing more, it solidifies what will surely be Moonrise's best bet-- an Original Screenplay nomination. Hopefully, the coming weeks will set up a win.