I admit, I’ve never seen a Wes Anderson movie. So coming in knowing very little about his previous work, I have to say I really enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom.

Moonrise Kingdom

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bill Murrary, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis and Tilda Swinton.

Premise: Set in 1965, two kids run away to the wilderness and find love. Meanwhile, as a major storm brews, a small-town community is sent into a tailspin searching for the kids. This movie is a story about young love, being an outcast, learning to embrace life despite its obstacles.

My Review: So the first thing I decided, I really dig Wes Anderson’s style shooting style –wide-angle, scaping shots, long tracking shots, slow panning on a long lens shot –he definitely has a creative point of view in this film (and probably all his films) that I really like. Each shot was flawlessly composed like a piece of artwork. It really set the tone for the movie quite nicely.

Moonrise Kingdom has all the drama of young first love, all the humor of awkward teenage years –and adult years–yet it somehow feels very classy. Strangely enough, though the characters spoke and interacted in a cool manner with one another, this movie was delightfully warm and heartfelt.

With a star studded cast, the acting in this movie was top notch. Edward Norton was at his quirky best. At times he seemed the most out of place of all the other actors, but yet he worked. Bill Murrary, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis and a small role by Tilda Swinton brought the star power to the movie, but the kids who played Sam and Suzy (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) are what brought this movie together. Though Sam and Suzy are nothing alike, they complimented each other perfectly. He took care of her, and she challenged him. If possible, they were even quirkier than the adults. Yet despite playing such strong and even possible adult-like characters, their youth still brought an innocence/coming-of-age feeling to the entire film.

Moonrise Kingdom is one of those movies that are still sweet, sentimental, and warm, without actually being sweet, sentimental or warm. Definitely check this one out if you’re an indie movie lover.


Rating: 3 ½, possibly 4 but I’m not ready to commit, stars…(out of 5)




  1. Anderson puts so much thought into each shot. I would recommend Tenenbaums if you like this one. Check out my review http://amandalovesmovies.com/2012/05/27/moonrise-kingdom

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