Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community i...more
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. less
“Quirky and heartwarming, the unique chemistry between the characters makes Moonrise Kingdom a pleasure to watch. Go for it!”
Wes Anderson has always been one of my favourite directors and I've found much to enjoy even in his lesser works like 'The Darjeeling Limited' or 'The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou'. His movies are not the most easily accessible but for those who get his work; it's an absolute treat to behold the quirks, the comedy and the subtle drama. 'Moonrise Kingdom' emerges from that same mould and boy did I love it.
Set in 1965 on an idyllic small town on an island, the story starts off with the disappearance of a twelve year old scout, Sam (Jared Gilman) under the care of Scout Master Randy Ward (Edward Norton). On the other side of the island young Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) with her parents, Walt (Bill Murray) and Laura (Frances McDormand) and her three younger brothers. She's prone to bouts of uncontrollable violence and finds herself to be an outcast in her school and society in general. Sam's an orphan and finds solace in a friendship with Suzy, built over a chain of letters exchanged over a year. The two run away to live in the wilderness, sending a whole lot of people searching for them, including the little town's police chief, Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) who might be involved in a extramarital relationship with Laura. With a thunderstorm looming in the background, the two youngsters enjoy their getaway expressing their love for each other while the adults bicker and fight amongst themselves while trying to find the kids.
The movie's strength lies in the fin line it walks between a comedy and drama, never fully giving into sentimentality or lampooning. It pulls you in effortlessly with the bewitching narrative, visuals and background score. The relationships and interactions that develop between the various characters are devoid of the usual clich\xe9s and feel utterly fresh and thanks to this manage to reel you in to their tale with great performances all around that only enhance the experience.
The greatness in 'Moonrise Kingdom' lies in the quirky little details that abound this whimsical little masterpiece. I'm surely going to watch it again this weekend, I advise you to do the same.