As we close in on Oscar night, I’m trying to remember all the movies I saw in 2012. It’s kind of funny how quickly some of them fly out of your head while others make a deep impression. The one with the best sets and locations that most captured my imagination was Moonrise Kingdom.
They nailed a moment in time that brings on nostalgia, a time when kids would lie on the floor around a record player or a board game together. The beach house and its nautical paintings, braided rugs, splashes of plaid and its nooks and crannies reminds me of renting funky beach houses full of second-rate furniture for two weeks every summer. There’s also a timeless sense of New England that’s never gone away. This style includes Grey Gardens-esque hand-me-down wicker furniture and madras pants.
From the house we move over to the junior camp and discover that someone is missing from his plaid-lined tent with another the braided rug:
Next we get to climb up into the most ridiculous secret tree/clubhouse we’ve ever seen:
Speaking of perches, one of the most picturesque lighthouses provides the perfect lookout:
Running away takes the star crossed kiddos through amazing locations from vast fields to wonderful woods full of rock outcroppings and secret beaches:
The spaces tell us about the characters, whether it’s how a kid chooses to furnish a tent or the fact that the local sheriff spends most of his time in small spaces, from the tiny island police station to the small trailer he lives in.
Did any movies sets leave an indelible impression on you in 2012? Let us know in the comments section.