Whimsical Gallantry

‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Up to now, watching a Wes Anderson movie was like entering a playground and discovering that the sandbox, the teeter-totters, and all the swings were being hogged by adults. Just 10 minutes of Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, or Fantastic Mr. Fox can convince you that this writer-director isn’t just original but downright precious in both the good and bad senses of the word. Reaching for a...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.