Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban and Harvey Keitel / Director: Wes Anderson / Writers: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Review: Moonrise Kingdom is the innocent story of two young lovers that decide to runaway together, in order to escape their normal lives. But while Suzy and Sam find themselves happy on their own, others begin a search party in order to find them and return them to their proper lifestyles.
Wonderful. I found this movie to be pretty much an instance classic. This movie is a pure blood Wes Anderson film. Like some of his others, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson has a way of creating a distinct atmosphere that allows you to go: Oh, that’s definitely one of his films! There’s so many things that make this film great, it really is one that you just have to go and see to get that feeling that comes along with the film. With Moonrise, Anderson takes these two kids, who are roughly around 12 years old and basically puts them into an adult love story. There are scenes that would normally take place between adults, instead Anderson plays them out through the eyes of kids. Like when the members of the Khaki Scout group finally catch up with Sam and Suzy. One kid rolls up on a motorcycle speaking an ultimatum to Sam, while the other kids stand around holding weapons and prepare to capture Sam. While Suzy and Sam stand on a hillside calling down upon the Khaki Scout members, all while Sam holds his rifle, ready to fight at any moment for his love. The two leads are played by two newcomers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) and they’re just wonderful. They hold their places on screen, whether it’s when they’re just among each other or while they’re playing out scenes with the adult veteran actors. I expect good things from them both later on. All the adults shine in their roles, some of which are bigger than others. Bruce Willis and Edward Norton play two roles that carry a lot of heart. While Bill Murray has to work on reaching a point of understanding. Jason Schwartzman steals his scene with ease, even though he’s only in about five minutes of the film. All around this was a great film. I feel like Anderson has brought everything he has to the table here and made a masterpiece of a film. He’s managed to capture the heart of the youth and make something here that I believe most directors wouldn’t be able to do. So go see the movie and get lost in the magic that Moonrise Kingdom manages to create.