Through Web Anderson's lens and the orchestral framework, the world appeared to be more candid and real. An adolescent love story based on two adolescents set up in 1965, Moonrise Kingdom has all the elements to keep the audiences glued to the big screen for ninety-four minutes.
The show stealer, Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) is an orphan running from boy scouts and foster parents leaving his scout leader and guardian sheriff Captain Sharp. Suzy (Kara Hayward) is the only rebellious daughter and the eldest child of married lawyers (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand). So what happens when these two twelve year olds head off for a prosperous and bight future? Yes, 12 year olds!!
So the story of Moonrise Kingdom is easily recognisable, as most of us have gone through the phase of naïve blunderings, foolish notions and mindless conflicts in our early teens. So disobeying the code of conduct set by the world, these kids are too determined to set themselves free and set a world of their own in what the island they would like to name ‘Moonrise Kingdom'. The plot is easily relatable and gives one a convincing lump of nostalgia.
Each character is crisp, defined and contemporaneous. The adult group did full justice to their part as the kids undoubtedly stole the show. Anderson has played wonderfully with the idea of two socially awkward kids getting together.
If you love Wes Anderson, you'll love Moonrise Kingdom. The mid 60's make an incredible visual on display. Overall, watching this quirky-unusual-crazy romance ensures one an unforgettable and hand drawn cinematic experience.
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Jared Gilman, Jason Schwartzman, Kara Hayward and Tilda Swinton