Wes Anderson’s newest film “Moonrise Kingdom,” which opens in theaters today is currently hitting large with critics who have seen it so far. The film currently sits with high 96& fresh rate on Rotten Tomatoes. Wes Anderson has been, for the most part, a blip on the Academy’s radar with his unique and quirky takes on film. In 2002 he was nominated along with co-writer Owen Wilson for penning the hit, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). Since then, Anderson has tried to show versatility with films like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Darjeeling Limited (2007). With Anderson’s Oscar nominated animated work, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), which is arguably his best work to date, signs of breaking through to the mainstream seemed to be coming to fruition.

Reviews for Moonrise Kingdom thus far have praised the fresh comic elements with many saying it’s his best work to date. With a May 25th release, if the studio is looking to make a push in categories like Original Screenplay and Best Picture, an early and well publicized campaign will be needed all season long.

Will Anderson find himself in contention this year? Too early to tell but things might be looking up. After the jump, look at some of the things critics have been saying with the trailer as well. The film stars newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward along with stars Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Harvey Keitel.

The director’s best film since 1998’s Rushmore, it has none of the self-conscious smugness of The Life Aquatic or the empty eccentricity of The Royal Tenenbaums.”
-Claudia Puig, USA Today

A gorgeously shot, ingeniously crafted, über-Andersonian bonbon that, even in its most irritatingly whimsical moments, remains an effective deliverer of cinematic pleasure.
-Dana Stevens, Slate

Moonrise Kingdom” breezes along with a beautifully coordinated admixture of droll humor, deadpan and slapstick.”
-Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Check out the trailer: