Review – Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson

2012

Set days before a giant storm destroys much of the surroundings, an orphaned Khaki Scout runs away from his troop with his love on an Island off New England, hoping to get to a cove they name ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. What proceeds is a search for the young lovers through the wilderness by the girl’s parents, a local police officer and the whole scout group.

Wes Anderson is the Marmite of modern cinema. There are those who bow at his feet and shower him with love, praise and affection and there are others who deem him cold and unable to grasp the emotions of normal people. Although I may not disagree with the latter statement I would also argue that it doesn’t matter if he does or not. If you don’t like his style, watch another film.

What I enjoyed about this film is the amount of time Anderson lets the story unfold with the two children. You would think with a cast that includes Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton you would be waiting for their screen time, but the two young leads are the real stars. Anderson lets you grow into their relationship as they do themselves. It’s perfect casting. They are not the most beautiful actors like you would see in another film but you can believe that this silent, lonely girl would fall for this odd, curious boy. Their clumsy but confident first few days of love are the best thing in the film. It’s also funny with Jason Swartzman’s cameo making me laugh out loud. Not for everyone but one for me.

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