#20 Moonrise Kingdom

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Moonrise Kingdom

Tear: 2012

Director: Wes Anderson

Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

I just saw one of the cutest films, the love story of two young kids who decide to run away and even get married! But I found Moonrise Kingdom more than that. Despite being a “running-away-love-story” set in 1965, this film approached the issues of being young and misunderstood in the kid’s perspective. Suzy and Sam are both “complicated” kids: Suzy is the oldest of 4 and the only girl, whose mother is having an affair with the village policeman, Captain Sharp (well, at least they meet to smoke and there’s something going on between them for sure), and is married to a depressed guy who does not satisfy her and is aware of that fact. Despite living in a big and beautiful house, they’re not that happy, mom and dad don’t even sleep in the same bed! All her brothers are quite young, so Suzy passes a lot of her time reading books and listening to music (on her little brother’s turntable). She’s also a girl that “goes berserk” sometimes, which causes her some not-so-good situations. Sam is an orphan with emotional problems at age 12, whose foster parents claim they cannot have him anymore because “it wouldn’t be fair for everyone” (???). He’s also the most unpopular boy at the campsite…

Sam is at a scouts’ campsite and the movie begins with his escape. The reason is because he met Suzy sometime earlier and the two immediately felt something for each other, so they eventually decide to run away together. Time passes and when Sam runs away, Suzy also leaves home with some of her most precious belongings: her binoculars (that she always carry with her, calling them her “superpower” because it makes her see things more closely), her kitty, some books and the turntable. Later when Suzy’s dad is told, by she might be at some friend’s house, he replies she hasn’t got any. So we have to outsiders here who fell for each other and decide to leave everything behind, even if it has consequences for those around them and putting everyone looking for them.

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I found this movie very touching, despite the funny parts. Sam is treated like… well, not as a person for sure. Because his actual foster parents don’t want him anymore, he runs the risk of being put in electroshock treatment at some Juvenile Refuge. This is something that is still done today, but besides that, many people (not only children) are treated (in terms of medical care) without taking into account the person’s background, consent, opinion or feelings. Luckily for Sam, Captain Sharp has a golden heart and decides he wants to keep the boy, avoiding his horrible fate. Therefore, Suzy is able to continue to see her husband (they have a more or less an official marriage). Suzy thinks her mother does not understand her and she herself does not understand what’s wrong in wanting to be with the person you love. All the commotion is because Sam is known to be an orphan with emotional problems, so part of the adults want him just… away. Anyway, the two are very closed within themselves, as, I think, all teens are. And that can be very dramatic, as I think I already said in earlier posts.

Another touching scene is when the rest of the boys at the campsite, instead of ostracizing their comrade, decide to help him in his escape (his second escape I mean, Sam and Suzy are caught in the woods, and eventually return home: Suzy to her parents’ and Sam to Captain Sharp’s). So the crew decides to “rescue” Sam from Captain Sharp’s house in the middle of the night, with Suzy with them! Everyone sail on canoes to the other side of the sore, where there’s another campsite in which is one of the boy’s cousin, who would help Sam and Suzy escape from the island, never to be seen again. In the meantime, there’s a storm cooking up in the skies, so we get a little tension: are the kids going to survive this escape all by themselves in the middle of that epic storm? In the meantime, everyone is worried and trying to find, first just Sam and Suzy, the the whole team, which leads to some situations…ImageAnother interesting thing I saw in this film was the innocence of two young people, discovering each other and themselves, who are not even ashamed, because after all, they were both alike and in the middle of nowhere, in a little stoned beach, to which they decide to call Moonrise Kingdom. As they are camping there, the two dance, hold hands, hug and kiss. They decide to try the french kiss and Suzy tells Sam he can touch her breasts. So yes, the two are exploring each other and the scene is so innocent because they are so open with each other, they are so true. Eventually they are caught, as I said, and the image of the two is (in my opinion, I know I’m often too emotional…) so touching: two little birds in their underwear, hugging each other inside the tent, which is blown by the big bad wolf, Suzy’s father, who’s angry and frustrated at the same time, with all the rest of the people watching! They just want to be together!!! But Sam and Suzy don’t seem to belong to one another: Suzy is very pretty and Sam is still very “dorky” (I know I use this expression a lot… but look at him!!). Sometimes people even get impressed that Suzy is “his girl”. Well, maybe if she was a “normal” girl who doesn’t stab people with scissors, she would be with a “normal” boy, but the two are just fine the way they are. They only met once – when they first met – so when they reunite again, it shows a bit of crudeness. Despite Sam taking her flowers and everything, the two treat each other almost professionally, planning the escape with a map and making an inventory of their belongings! I guess that they get more and more sure they want to be with each other as their adventure progresses.

One thing I noticed was that, both kids are also super serious throughout the entire movie! They talk very seriously and act very seriously, that’s why the movie sometimes reminded me of other films (like the Bride of Chucky for instants, although it has nothing to do with it!!!) It shows especially in the second escape, when the two decide to get married, seem two young adults instead of two 12 year olds! Later, in a scene when they are about to jump together into the rain, in a possible suicide, Sam tells Suzy that if they die, he’s thankful for her having married him, so they are sure they want to be together, as friends more than lovers, this shows they are thankful for having found a friend like themselves. More: they often say things very fast, meaning they don’t say it directly, but end up saying them anyway. Like in the clip above, “I love you but you don’t know what you’re talking about” – there, no pause next to the “I love you”. And the she only responds to that part: it’s the only scene where they say they love each other to each other. There are other scenes when the two talk like this, the important part is always there, but it’s said like if it has the same importance as the rest of the sentence.

So this is it, this is what I have to say about this movie. It’s an adventurous love story between two kids who don’t fit so well, it’s funny, it’s touching, it’s cute. And the shots are almost like reading a comic book, i liked that a lot. What do you think?

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#11 Looper

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Looper

Year: 2012

Director and Screenplay: Rian Johnson

Do you know who that guy in the picture is? That’s freaking Joseph Gordon Levitt. And doesn’t his facial expression resemble someone? FY Bruce Willis, that’s who. That’s because Levitt is portraying his older self, Willies, meaning they are both Joe. And Joe is a killer.

This movie has a simple story but a complicated concept: time travel. Joe is a looper: a hired killer to do the dirty job of the great mafia leaders of the future. The scheme is simple: one gets hired to kill future dudes sent to the present (so those dudes will leave no trace and no blood on anyone’s hands as time-machines will be illegal), receiving silver bars for doing it, and accepts that one day he’s gonna have to kill his future self, when those mafia rich men finish their businesses. That’s when “the circle” is closed for a looper, and they know it because instead of receiving some silver bars, they get golden ones to live well for their next 30 years, which is the time when time-travel machines are invented. So basically when they see the gold, they know they have 30 more years to live and that’s it. ‘Cause they just shot themselves.

I’m not going to elongate myself in details of time travel stuff because I can understand them but I can’t explain them through words, we’d be here all day as old Joe said. It’s almost like describing a color. (Although I’ve seen a pretty cool red color description!) Well, it’s easier, but still difficult, it’s better to see the movie or some documentary, I can’t explain these things like Morgan Freeman, I’m sorry. What I’m going to say though is that the movie is basically a chase for both future (2074) and present (2044) Joe, and a chase for an insane future guy who’s controlling the cities, “cleaning” every person he thinks doesn’t make any lack in the world (which includes loopers) and rumors say he’s doing it all by himself alone. It has guns, flying motorbikes and people with TK, which is telekinesis – a condition that affects 10% of the population in the movie.

I always try not to spoil but how can I do a review and analyze a movie without spoiling? Sorry about that, if you haven’t seen the movie yet and want the surprise element, don’t read any further. Here I go: the crazy killing guy who’s closing all the loopers’ circles is a kid in present day. Old Joe ends up finding out a clue that can lead to him, a number, but it leads to another 2 different kids too. So old Joe plans to kill them all and nip the problem in the bud when the day of his death arrives (so, he did kill himself once and we are shown his progression through the years until his final day). You see, he got married and saw his wife getting killed by the thugs who came to get him. She died because of him and he wants to change that because he loves her. Well, that and to go on with his life with her I guess. So when he arrives in the past to get killed by young Joe, he manages to escape and go find those kids.

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Young Joe is now in trouble ’cause he didn’t kill himself (and horrible things happen to those who don’t follow the rules), so he too wants to find his older self and have a nice peaceful life for the next 30 years, not to be screwed now! The two get together eventually and old Joe explains his plans to young Joe in a scene I found quite funny, because of the typical sneer from two different ages when arguing. But it’s really the only funny scene in the movie, don’t expect to laugh again.

Old Joe escapes young Joe again but not before letting him have the number he found that’ll lead them to the great insane guy who wants to kill everyone. That’s how young Joe ends up in Sara’s farm where he meets her son, Cid. There’s a scene I found very interesting and we only get it a bit later, but I’m gonna spoil it for you because I like to spoil things and I like to relate things. There’s a moment where Sara has a fight with little Cid and the kid starts screaming like a demon, so she runs and hides in a safe. What the hell? Is she crazy? Why would a grown woman hide from a 10 year old (they say ten but he looks much younger)? Because the kid can make you explode. That’s right, little Cid has some kind of mega powerful TK and can explode people. That and he kind of knows the future because at one point he says young Joe is there to save him and Sara (he calls her Sara because he believes she’s his aunt, not his mother, but he ends up calling her “mom”, in a scene that almost brought tears to my eyes, but didn’t.) The kid’s pretty cool and he’s really a bit strange, or maybe it was from the angle, but when he screams it really is terrifying, although he looks cute in other scenes. Anyway, because of him having exploded a guy who was there looking for Joe, young Joe figures out he’s the kid old Joe’s looking for. But he does not kill him, he sends him and Sara away and goes after his old self, who appears on the scene after having killed all the guys who wanted to find him, Bruce Willis’ style!

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So he finally meets Cid and Sara on the road, and when he’s about to shoot Cid, Sara stands in front of her son. Old Joe misses his shot and it scares Cid, who can’t control very well his TK powers as I said, and starts to levitate everything around him (just as before, when he exploded the other guy), after unleashing a kind of shocking wave throughout the ground. Sara’s scared, Cid’s scared and old Joe has a “wtf” expression in his face while floating. Young Joe appears and is observing it from a distance. And then it hits him: as he watches Sara tell Cid to run to the fields, protecting him and giving her life for him, he understands that little Cid will become a lonely guy who will want to kill the person who killed his mother and all of the people who are just bad, which includes loopers, it’s a looper standing there after all . Young Joe now relates to Cid, as he himself was abandoned by him mother and all he wanted before becoming a looper (which was his “salvation” from a miserable life) was revenge from those who took him away from her. So he now knows why Cid will become hateful and a killer and why he’s so powerful and will manage to do it all alone without help, without organized mafias and such. So young Joe decides to put an end to that and shoots himself. Old Joe disappears, Cid come back to his mother and never becomes a killer, and loopers can go on being loopers.

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As I said, the story’s pretty simple and there’s not much more to say. I found it an awesome movie, don’t get me wrong, but there’s no deeper meaning in it in my opinion. Old people have learned and seem to be more wise, giving value to things young people don’t, but in the end old Joe, who seemed to be the nice guy, was in fact the selfish one. And young Joe, who seemed to be the selfish one for wanting his own life as he wishes it to be, was in fact the altruistic one. And yes, motherly love has no boundaries, a mother can give her life for her child, even Joe’s mother, according to his words, sold him because she was a junky drug addict who would not be able to keep him and he now understands that she was, in fact, a very lonely person who realized she could not raise a child like that. Other than that I didn’t see much more to think about. Well time-travel itself is already a pretty good thing to think about for days or even years, depending on your degree of interest, so all I did was seat back, relax and appreciate a good sci-fi mind-twisting movie. How about you?