Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Review
Well Halloween was fun and for my first reviews after Halloween I going in a completely different direction than horror films. This surprisingly funny and weird comedy film is strangely warm with a brilliant all-star cast. I think the film is very unique in that I haven’t seen anything quite like it before but some of the aspects can be found in other films (run a ways etc.). I think this films main strengths come from its acting and impressive directing which is the best combination in any film. The cast are very good and I loved that the children actually have the ability to act, you’d be surprised how many kid actors are just terrible but in this they are fantastic. Oh and it’s got Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Bill Freaking Murray! How is it not going to be great? This is the island of New Penzance. Sixteen miles long…forested with old growth pine and maple…crisscrossed by shallow tidal creeks…Chickchaw territory.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-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 more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.
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Story: 100% Acting: 100% Visuals: 90% Dialogue: 95%
Humour/Warmth: 100% Style/Sound: 90% Characters: 90%
To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was truly excellent; no complaints which I am very happy about because I remember thinking that if one damn kid screwed up this film I would flip, however they didn’t so well done. The main two Sam and Suzy who ran away together where fantastic, probably the best child actors I have seen in a film this year. My favourite adult of the cast would be Edward Norton as the extremely committed Scout Master Randy Ward. He played that role so well he completely fooled me into thinking he was the character. But to be honest I loved everyone in this film, the adults and the kids. Bruce Willis playing a role he wouldn’t normally play and does it so well, other roles that make the main story make sense is all of the parents and siblings. The Relationship that is shown between Sam Suzy is fantastic and so sweet, I am not normally into that kind of story but these two were so weird that they sucked me into the story. Mr Bishop: “What am I looking at here? Mrs Bishop: “He does watercolors a few Landscapes, but mostly nudes”. Oh I nearly pissed myself when I heard that.
So let’s talk about the visuals. The Visual are great as the island is a great setting for this kind of film, it can be easily changed to look like the 60’s and has a great set of woods for classic scouting. There are wonderful beaches and a funny scene when he is fully dressed up in his uniform paddling down a stream in a small canoe which just made me laugh. I am not very good at reviewing stuff like this but I will say that the film is very good and I think there is something very sweet about the story and the characters so everyone should go watch it because you won’t regret it.
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The best reviews I have found would be these “The performances from Hayward and Gilman, as runaways, are at the heart of the film, and they manage to seem both innocent and powerful.” Jenny McCartney. There were certain strengths about their character in that they were more confident and proud than their parents or guardians. Also “Wes Anderson’s mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born.” Roger Ebert. Yeah he was clearly on some kind of trip when he came up with this, haha the tree house bit. Lastly “Like many holiday locations, you wouldn’t want to live there, but a mini-break from the norm can be a real tonic.” Robbie Collin. I totally agree, the island would be real fun but living might make me as crazy as some of the islanders. My favourite scene would have to be when the whole troop help Sam and Suzy to get away and the story just becomes faster and faster which is really fun to watch these kids try and get away from the adults.
Tags: Bill Murray as Walt Bishop, Bob Balaban as Narrator, Bruce Willis as Captain Sharp, Comedy, drama, Edward Norton as Scout Master Randy Ward, Frances McDormand as Laura Bishop, Harvey Keitel as Commander Pierce, Jared Gilman as Sam Shakusky, Jason Schwartzman as Cousin Ben, Jenny McCartney, Kara Hayward as Suzy Bishop, Moonrise Kingdom, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Review, Review, Robbie Collin, Roger Ebert, Romance, Tilda Swinton as Social Services, Wes Anderson
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