Moonrise Kingdom: A Movie Review

They say that opposites attract. But has it ever occurred to you that the exact opposite is true as well? This theory is put to the test in Moonrise Kingdom, when two outsiders in the social world, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), find each other and fall in love.

With the knowledge that no one understands (or even likes) them, Sam and Suzy decide to run away together. However, their disappearance is quickly noticed, with Sam in the Khaki Scouts — a type of Boyscouts — and Suzy stealing her brother’s portable vinyl player. After a couple of days, the search party, consisting of Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), a local police officer (Bruce Willis), and Sam’s scout master (Edward Norton), discovers their hideout and insists they never see each other again. But true love can never be kept apart and Sam and Suzy will do anything to stay together.

Dubbed a comedy, Moonrise Kingdom was more of a dark comedy than anything and some parts made me think of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (I guess because of the forbidden love aspect). It was a quirky film that made you root for the underdogs. Written and directed by Wes Anderson, this film had a subtle feeling around it. It never forced you to laugh, but told you a story of life as it is, forcing you to see the truth (in a satiric way) about how both children and adults react in certain situations they think they understand.

If you liked Moonrise Kingdom, check out The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore, The Squid and the Whale, among other films in Wes Anderson’s portfolio.

Grade: A-

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