Magical Realism

Moonrise Kingdom appears to be a delicate fancy of a film – an assessment you suspect might entertain Wes Anderson – offering no more ground-breaking a story than young love, with the director’s traditional preoccupation with whimsy, and creating such artfully created landscapes and characters that they flirt outrageously with magic realism, though without explicit realisation of that concept. But there are weightier issues at hand, of parental neglect, of revolution (not just sexual but also anti-establishment), and it seems completely appropriate that Anderson chose to set it in as provocatively important a time as 1965. The film follows two young lovers – Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) – who escape their lives to run away together, and the ensuing chaos of their parents and the local authorities’ attempts to find them: no more than a gentle plot that suggests nothing of the drama and comedy that subsequently unfolds.

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #109): “Jess-Belle” (airdate 2/14/63) The Plot: Love is magical, even if it involves a little bestiality. The Goods: Audiences on Valentine’s Day back in 1963 must have been flipping around the channels, eager to see something romantic and sweet. Something that would remind them of their own loved ones. Something where candles were lit in anticipation. Couples flipping over to CBS got a story where a woman forces a man to love her, turns into a witch, and becomes a big cat. It’s love Rod Serling style.

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