I think I’ve officially lost all faith in my abilities to pick movies I think I’ll like. This past weekend I went to the can’t miss “Moonrise Kingdom” which has quietly opened across the nation in a limited number of theaters. And according to the movie review website “Rotten Tomatoes,” 94% of the people who’ve seen it enjoyed it.
Well, I guess I’m part of the 6%.
Starring Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and bunch of kids, “Moonrise Kingdom” might be the quirkiest movie I’ve ever laid witness to. And I like and appreciate “quirky.” But this one takes the cake and the rest of the dessert table. In fact, it is so quirky that it’s nonsensical. For 90 minutes I scratched my head and looked at my watch and my cell phone, all the time wondering what the movie was supposed to be about.
I never did figure it out. Because “Moonrise Kingdom” is one of those movies that just all of a sudden ends. For that, I was happy.
I realize that I’m going to be in the minority on this, but I’m just being honest. I get the feeling that this is going to be one of those deals where everyone feels compelled to say how great it was…just because everyone wants to feel like they’re part of some big movement. Kind of like when Krispy Kreme came to Fargo and everyone raved about it, when, in fact, it was just a doughnut that was served warm.
Nonetheless, if you want to go to Moonrise Kingdom, you should go. But I warned you. It’s a movie about nothing.
2 out of 5 stars
No popcorn, no pop