Fool the Manolo Once, Shame on You

Moonrise Kingdom advertising makes the movie look funny, but it's almost certainly not.

Manolo says, fool the Manolo five times, shame on the Manolo.

This is the problem that the Manolo has with the movies of the Wes Anderson: the advertising always promises that the movie will be most hilarious. (Indeed, what could be funnier than Bill Murray and Bruce Willis playing the pair of old codgers?) And yet, the Manolo can assure you from hard-won experience that, at best, this new movie will be only mildly amusing.

Yes, it will be twee, so very, very, very twee. With the twee costuming, and the twee mood setting, and the twee music.

Will it be funny? Not so much.

Instead, it will be largely annoying.

6 Responses to “Fool the Manolo Once, Shame on You”

  1. liberty June 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    I like to call this type of movie a ‘Quirkedy’ where all the energy goes into being ‘quirky’ and not enough goes into being an actual comedy.

    I loved Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. Then I liked the Royal Tennenbaums. After that… I was on to him and just couldn’t enjoy the movies any more.

  2. Miriam June 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    This one is actually a lot more sincere and sweet then his past movies, perhaps because it focuses on 12 year olds. I was very much annoyed by the artificiality of The Darjeeling Limited, but Moonrise Kingdom is luminous.

  3. Ellen W. June 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I think that there’s a certain kind of Wes Anderson fan who enjoyed “Moonrise Kingdom”- by which I mean I did. I loved “Rushmore” but I really couldn’t get through “the Royal Tennenbaums”. I did enjoy “the Fantastic Mister Fox”, but I liked it the way I like kids movies which is not the same as the way I like movies for a person with a longer attention span than a puppy.

    But the Manalo is entirely correct in that the adult characters are not in the least bit as interesting as the amount of time they get on screen would imply.

  4. Charlotte Allen June 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    I’ve seen the preview to “Moonrise Kingdom” twice, and it looks perfectly dreadful. You can see, just from the preview, that the story line is thin and the movie depends too heavily on fey cuteness. A waste of the considerable talents of Bruce Willis and Bill Murray.

  5. Fausta June 21, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    This is the only Wes Anderson film I’ve seen, so I’m not as jaded as y’all.

    I found the Khaki Scouts humor funny, but then, my son’s an Eagle Scout.