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Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Ben Abbott

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MIFF Review: Moonrise Kingdom.


Director: Wes Anderson.
Cast: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand.

It’s always a delightful experience watching a Wes Anderson film for the first time. His scripts are quirky, his direction style is distinct and the art direction is second to none. Fans of Anderson will be glad to know that Moonrise Kingdom is not only no exception to these traits, it is also shaping up to be his most successful film since The Royal Tenenbaums, profiting over $12 million and counting; which is brilliant news given his previous films being mostly box office disappointments, the worst being The Life Aquatic amounting a loss of $15 million.

Moonrise Kingdom is set in a small island town in the 60’s and follows two young kids as they running away together. Junior Khaki Scout Sam is in love with problem child Suzy, they set out together on their carefree journey as a couple. Unfortunately for these lovebirds, a number of parties are searching near and not so near to track them down. Sam’s Scout Master (Edward Norton) is fearful for his missing Junior Scout, seeking the assistance of Island Police Captain Sharp (Willis) to help find the boy. Suzy’s parents (Murray and McDormand) are lawyers, determined to defend their daughter’s rights to be delinquent while their marriage begins to decay. Sam and Suzy struggle to stay together amidst the secluded beach they dub Moonrise Kingdom, while everyone including Social Services (Tilda Swinton) is determined to keep them apart.

The ensemble cast of Anderson’s latest, is made up largely of new faces to the world of Wes. Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel and Tilda Swinton fill their parts perfectly. Not to mention the two fresh-face leads in this film; Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Both give a stunning performance given their age and subsequent lack of experience, this being the first film role for both of them.

If you like Wes Andersons’ previous work, you’ll no doubt love Moonrise Kindom. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the likes of Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited and Fantastic Mr Fox you might find if you’re a fan of Stand By Me or This Boy’s Life (A little known 1993 film starring a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro) you will find Moonrise Kingdom is right up your alley. It’s definitely in my top ten movies for 2012.

Ben Abbott.

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2 Responses to MIFF Review: Moonrise Kingdom.

  1. Ahlsey says:

    Moonrise Kingdom sounds amazing. I’m glad to hear Wes Anderson has delivered a triumph. I’m intrigued to see photography so beautiful that it reminds me of a childhood dream. I love and watch plenty of movies on my frequent business trips for DISH. I use Blockbuster @Home simply because DVD’s of new releases are available faster than other services. I always love being able to work and follow my passion for movies at the same time on my routine trips. I have to admit that I am a huge Bruce Willis fan, so I’m happy to see that he’s in such a delightful sounding movie.

  2. Good review.

    I am not surprised that the film made money. I think it’s his most accessible yet, and my favorite film of 2012 so far.

    I’m hoping that the Blu-ray shows up in the mail today.

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