It’s exciting for a few reasons, as you can see in the trailer — an all-star cast, an intriguing premise, an interesting setting. But maybe the most exciting thing is the name that follows “Directed by”. Wes Anderson is one of the last real auteurs in the Hollywood system, working with a set of recurring themes, motifs and actors to create a unique style of film that has almost become a subgenre in itself.
From what we’ve seen so far, Moonrise Kingdom looks firmly planted within that subgenre. There’s snappy editing, deadpan idiosyncratic dialogue, esoteric non sequiturs, and of course, Bill Murray. Some might see it as a lack of creative development, while others will just be happy to hear that Anderson’s done it again.
Both groups, however, might get a kick out of playing the new Wes Anderson bingo game. Put together over at Slate, the game generates a bingo board of his trademark tropes, stylistic motifs and collaborators, the idea being that you watch a Wes Anderson film and mark off the squares as they appear onscreen. Even testing it out with the two-minute trailer for Moonrise Kingdom, I managed to mark off half my squares. Haters will enjoy pointing out the repetitive clichés throughout his filmography, while fans will just enjoy an excuse to watch films like Rushmore, The Life Aquatic and The Fantastic Mr. Fox again.
The game also gives you the option to print out your board, so you can take it along to Moonrise Kingdom and play with your friends. Just a tip: if your board doesn’t have Jason Schwartzman on it, generate it again.