Films that influenced Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom

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By Meg ShieldsPublished August 25, 2021

Welcome to The Queue – your daily distraction of curated video content from all over the web. Today we’re watching a video essay on the films that influenced Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.


Nothing is created in a vacuum except perhaps giant, tangled balls of dust.

All kidding aside, with a few exceptions, there is no such thing as creative objectivity. Some directors may have a broader or deeper knowledge of cinema than others, but if you are the type of person who wants to make films then chances are you’ve been drenched in some kind of cinematic soup.

It is not so much a “good” or a “bad” thing as a reality of cultural consciousness. We are inextricably influenced by our predecessors. And there’s nothing “wrong” in wanting to be intentional and cite your sources, weave resonances, or strike up a conversation with another work of art.

There is a tendency to associate homage, especially the distracting genre, with laziness or plagiarism. It is a wise complaint. If a movie relies so much on Easter eggs, geek nods and pop culture references that he interferes with his own narrative, that’s a problem. Duh.

And like all subtleties, a good tribute is not easy to pay. But if you’re looking for a reliable example of a filmmaker with a respectful and gracious approach to reference and homage, look no further than the King of Composition himself: Wes anderson.

Focusing on the influences of Moonrise Kingdom, the following video essay argues that Wes Anderson’s approach to cinematic resonance rewards rather than punishes, honors the source material, and creates a deeper experience for the wise. So if you’re going to “fly” (read: nod, gesture, point), then “fly” like Wes.

Watch “The Movies That Shaped the Kingdom of Moonrise”:

Who made this?

This video essay on Moonrise Kingdom Influences is by Virginia-based filmmaker and video editor Thomas flight. He runs a YouTube channel under the same name. You can follow Thomas Flight and view his catalog of video trials on YouTube. here. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a main contributor to Film School Rejects. She currently directs three columns at FSR: The Queue, How’d They Do That? and Horrorscope. She is also a curator for One Perfect Shot and a freelance writer for hire. Meg can be found shouting about John Boorman’s “Excalibur” on Twitter here: @TheWorstNun. (She she).



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