Sam: On this spot I’ll fight no more forever.
Sam: [to oncoming horde] Come and get me, you bastards!
Lightning strikes him.
Sam: [with everyone looking on, he sits up and blows off his glasses] I’m okay.
Sam: Follow me.
– Moonrise Kingdom (2012), written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is all is lost, suggested by Turambar. Today’s suggestion by Ellen Musikant.
Trivia: Before filming, neither Kara Hayward (Suzy) nor Jared Gilman (Sam) had ever seen a typewriter in person. Hayward later said, “Fran (Frances McDormand) had a lot of fun with that. She couldn’t believe it. She showed me that the keys are in the same place as now (on computers).”
Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary from Ellen: “Each character in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom has a moment of “all is lost” but none so spectacularly than young Sam. At this moment in the story he has lost everything and is ready to give up when he takes a direct lightning strike. The “hordes” (in this case a scout troop) are awed by the strike and his immediate recovery. Sam is instantaneously transformed from “loser” to “leader.”
Takeaway: The audience/reader’s gasp at seeing a child hit by lightning is immediately tempered with the understated “I’m okay” – a totally fitting rhythm and outcome in this film. Pure delight.”