Wes Anderson (of Royal Tenenbaums fame)? I happened to have the great pleasure of watching his new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, this weekend and I absolutely loved it. Though I've avoided it until now (who knows why?) I am now an ardent fan of his films. I actually think the only other film of his I've seen is Darjeeling Limited - which is fabulous because that means I've a good number of promising films to enjoy now that I know I love him. ;)
Succinctly put, Moonrise Kingdom is about "A pair of young lovers [who] flee their New England town, [causing] a local search party to fan out and find them." What makes it work is Anderson's impeccable sense of balance. Not only did it strike that perfect funny/sad tone, but the characters are at once quite quirky and oh-so-easy to identify with.
I loved this movie. I wanted to marry it. Well, not exactly. But I would like to find a way to plaster on my wall so I can watch it constantly and continuously. (rated PG-13, btw)
Although propulsively readable, it doesn't dip into shallow waters for a minute. I loved how, instead of spiraling into a mess of neatly-wrapped platitudes, it stayed engaging, funny, and contemplative until the very end. It left me at once feeling completely satisfied and hungry for more.
"People would call him Professor Fang, which sounded so much like a supervillain that he wasn't sure he could go through with it."
What's your opinion about funny/sad books (and movies) with quirky characters? Does that perfect balance make your heart sing like it does mine?