Moonrise Kingdom (7/4/12) & (11/14/12)

Movie One Hundred Fifty Five and Two Hundred Sixty One

Set in New England in 1965, Moonrise Kingdom is the story of two young lovers that don’t fit in with others and decide to run away together as the rest of the island sets out in search of them.

At the khaki scout camp, led by Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton), they discover a scout has escaped. The scout is young Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) and we learn that he has run away from camp to be with his love, a young girl named Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward). Suzy lives on the island with her parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) and younger brothers but doesn’t fit in with the other kids. Suzy and Sam had met several years prior and had remained in touch via letter. After the two run away, the entire khaki scout camp, the Bishops, policeman (Bruce Willis), and other set out to rescue the young lovers.

Moonrise Kingdom is one of the most stylistic movies I’ve ever seen, even more than Wes Anderson’s other films. The color palette is heavy on yellows and browns but everything still feels campy and awesome. I have long found Anderson’s work to be a bit hit or miss, and Moonrise Kingdom is easily the film I think where his unique brand shines the brightest. The quirky characters, the motifs, the sets, the props, the color palates, the score…Everything works wonderfully here and creates a film so full of wonder and amazement.

Both child leads are non-actors starring in their first feature, which is incredibly impressive given their performances. They both give deadpan deliveries, which in the case of Sam Shakusky, I thought gave Moonrise Kingdom most of its laughs. The entire cast is wonderful. Who in their right mind could complain about a film with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis together?

If you have any preconceived notions of what a Wes Anderson film entails, Moonrise Kingdom will not change your mind, but it’s almost as if Anderson has taken his style and cranked it to the maximum and the end results work better than most of his other films. The whimsy here is something that few other movies could ever hope of portraying. Not only is Moonrise Kingdom my favorite Anderson film to date, but it is my favorite film of 2012 thus far. Try to watch it without a smile plastered on your face the entire time.

I give it 5 seriously amazing soundtracks out of 5.


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31 responses to “Moonrise Kingdom (7/4/12) & (11/14/12)

  1. My favorite film of the year thus far. It’s a tremendously funny movie with great performances, fantastic cinematography, and a clever script. Wes Anderson is, in my opinion, a very underrated filmmaker, and I hope he gets more attention for this brilliant movie. Good review.

  2. This movie is great and definitely one of the best of the year, probably second to The Avengers, as much as I hate to say. Hopefully Anderson can keep this up because when he’s on, he’s freaking on, but when he isn’t, he’s annoying. Good review Andy.

    • In balancing it, it’s almost like he went all out in every sense so the entire thing is so quirky that it just works as a whole. I’m excited for his next film, for sure. I could watch Moonrise again in a second.

  3. “I have long found Anderson’s work to be a bit hit or miss…” Yeah I share that sentiment, though I’ve only seen Royal Tenenbaums. This one is a winner though, I think the heartfelt story balances the oddity, if you will, and the cast is just stellar.

  4. I saw it at The Regal 20 on Main Street, Sarasota FL, on Sunday July 8th. while not quite a sold out theater, it was pretty well filled. My point is that it had a limited release back in late May when it opened – but I think it has widened out its release quite nicely since then. BTW – I loved it and gave it a 4.5 out of 5 in my review.

    • It may be a wider release now but it was only at two theaters near me in the Chicago suburbs so I’m just assuming it’s not a full release. I could be wrong, of course. I’ll check out your review, thanks!

  5. I’ve never been overly enamoured with Wes Anderson’s movies, but I might give this one a go. I’ll probably wait for a rental though. Need to prioritise my movie-going unfortunately!

    • Oh man, I know how that goes. If you’ve enjoyed but never fell in love with a film of his, I think this would be the perfect invitation but it could easily be a rental too. Hope you enjoy it!

  6. Maybe we are starting to see the next Woody Allen. Wes has that sort of quirky thing going on like Woody. I would like to see this one at some point. It looks good and all the reviews seem to be positive. Nice review.

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