Film Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom follows a pair of young lovers – Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) – in the summer of 1965 who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness, causing a local search party to fan out and find them. As the peaceful island community is turned upside down, the local sheriff (Bruce Willis), a Khaki Scout troop leader (Edward Norton), and the girl’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) must work together to find them.


A wonderful Wes Anderson classic and always one of my favourites to watch. Yet again set around a detached reality, which is sometimes Anderson’s biggest downfall in his work, the naive qualities and simplistic structure works at its best here with the boy scout premise. It’s quirky, has stunning cinematography, and it is incredibly well scripted.

And let’s not forget the cast, one of the most stand out qualities of Anderson’s films, which is probably at its best here, this time including a number of brilliant additions to Anderson’s originals, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton.

It’s the young stars that deserve the credit here, though, as Moonrise Kingdom is undeniably Anderson’s most innocently charming film to date.

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