Moonrise Kingdom is an enjoyable comedy and is part of a short list of best movies of 2012. It is set in the 1960s in New England. A group of juvenile boys are seen at a scout camp. As the movie opens, Sam runs away from camp to meet up with Suzy, a girl he met a year ago.
Sam and Suzy are both around 12 years of age and have already fallen in love with each other. Both are troublesome at home but they fit each other. Moonrise Kingdom is an offbeat comedy about young love. It is about making irrational decisions. When the pair is asked if they want to get married, they quickly say yes.
Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play Sam and Suzy. They are adorable. Hayward as Suzy has enough tenacity and anger to make it believable that she’s a challenging child that’s hard to handle by her parents.
Bruce Willis plays a police officer on the island where the scout camp is found. Edward Norton is the scout leader. They are tasked to track down the runaways. Bill Murray plays Suzy’s father. The movie is written and directed by Wes Anderson, who also did Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Moonrise Kingdom has garnered a lot of Oscar buzz that people who didn’t catch it when it was released last May 25, 2012.
Moonrise Kingdom is shot on a $16 million budget but it already earned $66 million across the globe. Both critics and average viewers loved it. It is a fun, silly movie. It goes to show that not all Oscar contenders have to be serious. People are expecting it to be nominated for best film. It is now available on DVD and recommended for everyone.
Anderson places the kids in a bizarre situation but they are still human. Moonrise Kingdom is a movie that you can watch with your grandparents or your grandchildren. It has an overwhelming feeling of innocence and good will.