I went to the cinema to see Moonrise Kingdom not knowing what to expect.
Here is my judgement: Moonrise Kingdom – directed by Wes Anderson – is a gorgeous, wonderful, moving, sweet & funny film. It jumps right to the top of my personal 2012 film canon …
Moonrise Kingdom is set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. It tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl.
Moonrise Kingdom is surreal, but not in the fantasy way that most films are today. The use of color, light and nature is very clever – and the characters have a personal quality not often seen in commercial american movies.