On May 25, Wes Anderson's seventh film, Moonrise Kingdom, was released in the U.S., and on June 8, it hits the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-995-6270). Ever the fan of Anderson's winsome works, Gut Check caught the flick a few days before its local debut. Weaving elements of adventure and adolescent growing pains, at moments the film channels The Goonies or Stand By Me with intelligent, thoughtful, fleshed-out twelve-year-olds shining against a cabal of two-dimensional adults, all drawn with Anderson's storybook paintbrush.
Admittedly, choosing a food pairing for Moonrise Kingdom was a no-brainer: Could the "Full Moon Marshmallow Pie"at Eclipse (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-726-2222) inside the Moonrise Hotel fit a theme more perfectly?
Obviously the answer is no. The "Full Moon Marshmallow Pie" at Eclipse is made with a crumbly foundation of graham-cracker cookie topped with a generous layer of fluffy housemade marshmallow encased in rich chocolate ganache and paired with fresh raspberries. Delicious for certain, we were more drawn to the dessert for its namesake, the MoonPie pastry created in the early 1920s in New England and popular in the South -- and eventually, nationwide -- from the 1950s till, apparently, today: In May, Newport, Tennessee, hosted its first MoonPie festival.
Cheap junk food by any era's standards, MoonPies paired with RC Cola became popular in the 1950s, known as "the working man's lunch," and even provided country-music singer Big Bill Lister with the little ditty "Gimmee an RC Cola and a Moon Pie." Eclipse's $6 gourmet take -- $5.95 gets you a box of twelve MoonPies -- on the sweet fits the restaurant's (and hotel's) retro aesthetic, further linking it to the 1965 world of Moonrise Kingdom. Historical parallels aside, eating a variation of the MoonPie before seeing a Wes Anderson movie might be the most twee Gut Check has ever felt.