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Wes Anderson's latest might be greatest

Published: Monday, July 2, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

It isn't often a treat as sweet as "Moonrise Kingdom" graces the silver screens of these college-town theaters.

 

It is the summer of 1965, on an island off the coast of New England, when the young and quirky Sam (Jared Gilman) decides to fly the coup and leave Khaki Scout Troop 55 behind. Bound for Summer's End, the north side of the island, Sam escapes from camp and maps out the trail to meet his hopeful love, Suzy, who makes her own getaway from her family's beach cottage. Sam and Suzy — serious, like the adults they are running from, but unlike them in courage and love — set out on an adventure to be who they couldn't be in their misunderstanding worlds.

 

Edward Norton takes the role of Master Scout Ward, and the only thing big and green about Norton's character is his Scout Master hat, which rests upon the head of a character humble and waiting for the opportunity to prove himself. Director Wes Anderson's ability to pull together an eccentric cast brings out never-before-noticed facets in an actor. However, Bruce Willis does play a cop — old habits die hard.

 

Its aesthetically-pleasing tones, somber comedy, simplicity — Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" is an art film that also possesses witty narrative.

 

As has been the case with much of Anderson's previous work, the film was received well by critics. If you aren't familiar with this talented director, here are a few notable titles that might ring a bell: "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "Darjeeling Limited," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and, of course, "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

 

But now, we need to have a talk. This isn't just a review of a movie that you might otherwise only rent when it comes out on DVD. It's more than that. Our twin theaters — Aggieland Premier and Cinemark Movies — don't just share the same movie-goer's stretch of highway but also the same movies. What's the difference between the two — pay one more dollar for leather seats? But if you have to sit through two hours of forgettable smoke and mirrors, who cares what kind of upholstery it is?

 

It's a shame the only two places to catch a flic on the big screen in Bryan-College Station offer most of the same films while there is much more quality cinema out there. One or the other could distinguish itself and tap into a new market by grabbing a few atypical, independent titles, along with the ever popular blockbusters, which only merit attention because of their expectation to do well at the box office opening weekend. Let alone, students in this area could use a bit more variety.

 

"Moonrise Kingdom" might not be for everyone. But, to those either tired of the forgettable, redundant titles found at these local cinemas, or those who have missed an opportunity to see a worth-while independent movie because the twin theaters didn't see it as a good investment — to bring a greater selection of film to the area — I urge you to get a few friends together and experience a good movie while it's here.

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