Following the success of Rushmore and Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson’s newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, presents its audiences with beautiful, lingering, color-saturated cinematography, an engaging and familiar score, and several quirks that take a standard comedy-drama film and move it just a little bit off-beat. Its eccentric cast includes Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, and Frances McDormand.
The film, set in 1965, primarily follows two twelve-year-old outcasts from different backgrounds. Suzy, who comes from a picturesque home with her 3 brothers and 2 parents, and Sam, an orphan who resigns from a boy-scout-like troupe, become pen pals and scheme to run away with each other into the forests of Rhode Island. After escaping, a search party consisting of Suzy’s parents, the local police captain, and Sam’s scout master meet and undergo several trials and tribulations to locate the two misfits. The plot unveils as the two children seek to foster their relationship but are frequently challenged by their ever-in-pursuit search party.
Moonrise Kingdom was met with primarily positive reviews (an 84 on Metacritic), and for good reason: its peculiar sense of humor and charming take on the classic coming-of-age story provides an absorbing and atypical adventure for the entire family. A dark comedy with fun characters, gorgeous locations, a well-written story and soundtrack: who could ask for anything more?