Yet I've never been able to write him off completely. I see elements of not only of some of my favorite filmmakers--Altman and Stanley Kubrick for two--but also see elements of writers like Kurt Vonnegut, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Michael Chabon: the worlds he visits are skewed ever so slightly off from ours, even when they otherwise seem completely grounded. I felt this with The Darjeeling Limited, and felt it even more so with Moonrise Kingdom, which possess elements of the adventure story that Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) reads. There isn't a single fantasy element in the entire picture, yet fantasy infuses everything from the faded green and yellow hues to the Benjamin Britten music. It's a quest movie where the object is, frankly, a bit of magic itself.
Do yourself a favor and find it in your area. Along with Safety Not Guaranteed, it's one of the best quasi-genre movies you'll see this summer.