Director/co-writer Wes Anderson teams with screenwriter Roman Coppola for this period comedy-drama set in the 1960s, in which a pair of young lovers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) from an island off the New England coast head for the hills and throw their small town into a frenzy. Bruce Willis co-stars with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Frances McDormand. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman
Release Date: May 25, 2012
Rated PG-13 for Sexual Content and Smoking
Runtime: 1 hr. 34 min.
Genres: Drama, Romance
I was a strange child, a fact my parents love reminding me of. There are certain movies that really tap into a portion of the childhood experience; Moonrise Kingdom is one of those films. Wes Anderson’s newest film maybe his best. A touching tribute to love, childhood innocence and those moments you wish you could hold on to forever. Anderson wonderfully crafted shots create an almost ethereal texture to the film. The cast from top to bottom brings there A game. Anderson has a talent of bringing out special performances from his actors and this film is no different. Each of the cast members brings a certain level of sincerity and quirkiness to their roles. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward in particular make an impressive tandem with each actor bringing so much to both sides of the story. The story is purposely lighthearted and easily digestible making it a film that’s easy to revisit over and over again. Something a film like this requires in order to truly appreciate every bit of nuance and detail, savor it and digest.