Moonrise Kigdom (Flack’s Review)

Posted on | June 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

5 Stars

Moonrise Kingdom is about two 12 year olds: orphaned Khaki Scout Sam Schcusky and lonely Suzy Bishop who has a family who dislikes her. They run away and fall in love but are then chased by the Khaki Scouts, the Khaki Scouts leader (played by Edward Norton) Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), a police (Bruce Willis), and other people. Will Sam and Suzy stay with each other or will they be taken away from each other and never meet up again? Watch Moonrise Kingdom to find out.

Before Moonrise Kingdom the only Wes Anderson movie I had seen was the stop action, Roald Dahl book adaption Fantastic Mr. Fox, so unlike others I can’t really complain that Anderson continues to repeat himself in his movies. In fact aside from one story thread the film Moonrise Kingdom is very different from Fantastic Mr. Fox. The most direct relationship the two films share is that they are both great movies. In his newest effort Anderson proves himself to be a master at creating  visually sumptuous, live action scenes. The movie is a treat for the eyes as the camera slides through rooms and doorways. This is more astonishing to look at than some 3-D movies.

But of course visual awesomeness doesn’t make up a truly great movie. Luckily the movie is also amazingly acted. this deserves to be called one of the most star studded movies ever made. The cast includes regularly frequent Wes Anderson collaborators such as Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray as well as newbies Tilda Swinton, Frances Mcdormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, and Harvey Keitel. Swinton (as Social Services) is funny as is Balaban (as The Narrator). Willis plays nicely against type and McDormand is great. Murray is hilarious as always. Norton is also terrific and Schwartzman (as Cousin Ben) is hilarious as well. However the real spotlight here is on the two kids (who are the main characters) not the supporting cast of stars. Jared Gilman is Sam and Kara Hayard is Suzy and they both have great chemistry together, are very likable, and suit there their characters perfectly.

Moonrise KindomThe story is at times quirky, heartwarming, and hilarious and is always well written, entertaining, suspenseful, and very good. Wes Anderson shows off not only visual flair but writing polish. The casting director for this film, Douglas Aibel, also did a great job. There are some lines in this film that will make you laugh out loud (“That’s a loaded question”) and scenes that may make you cry (a scene on a roof near the end) This all proves that the script is very, very good, which it is.

My favorite characters are Sam and Suzy. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward are both excellent and have amazing chemistry together. Their characters are also very funny in parts.

My favorite scenes are the opening when the camera glides back and forth showing different rooms in Suzy’s house and the part on the roof near the end (I don’t want to spoil it!) because it does a good job at making you sad.

Moonrise Kingdom is rated PG-13 for romantic content and smoking. I agree but would add brief blood, some peril, partial nakedness, and alcohol use.

I also wanted to mention that this was the opening night film at Cannes, had the highest per theater moneymaking average for a live action film ever (unadjusted for inflation), and was shot in Rhode Island.

Sad. Funny. Quirky. Amazing. Exciting. Astonishingly Moonrise Kingdom is all of these and a perfect film. It’s basically flawless, a must see, and the best movie of the year so far. I hope it gets nominated for Best Picture and other Oscars and maybe even wins. The actors, scenery, and casting is great as well as the music, story, dialogue, and script. Wes Anderson does a great job as director. This is a must see film.


One Response to “Moonrise Kigdom (Flack’s Review)”

  1. Abid
    July 10th, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

    The movie is full of laugh and there are good funny scenes. It shows the dedication of the teacher who tries to get his students very much involved in many social activities.

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