Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review: Moonrise Kingdom (***1/2)

Moonrise Kingdom is the new movie by Wes Anderson. It is set in 1965 on a New England island called "New Penzance". Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) is an orphan (because his foster parents don't want to house him anymore.) attending a Khaki Scout camp led by Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton). A year ago at a school play he meets Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) who also lives on the island with her parents (Bill Murray Frances McDormand) and her three younger brothers. Throughout the year the became penpals. During their writing back and fourth they make a plan to run away from home the following Summer. Among the stuff they bring are camping equipment, books, a record player, and Suzy brings her cat along for the ride as well. Over the next few days they hike and camp together as they try to reach a deluded cove on an island which they called Moonrise Kingdom. as the romance blossoms Suzy's parents, Scout Master Ward, and the cops find them on the cove. Sam then has to stay with Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) until a woman from social services (Tilda Swinton) who will place him in Juvenile Refuge. There the adventure begins.

Moonrise Kingdom is funny, quirky, and witty. The two young leads have chemistry, although this is a movie that could be disturbing for younger viewers, overall it is enjoyable and I do recommend this flick.

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