Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom

Release Date: June 29, 2012

Director: Wes Anderson

Stars: Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Jared Gilman

Runtime: 94 min

Moonrise Kingdom is an intelligent and witty exploration of pre-teen rebellion, young love, and finding oneself. The story follows an orphan boy scout, Sam (Jared Gilman), who just wants to be accepted; but he is a bit too peculiar to be accepted so easily. He meets Suzy (Kara Hayward), who is the black sheep of her family, and she really wishes she didn’t have one.

This contrast of characters is poignant and interesting. Gilman and Hayward truly impress and have some fine chemistry. Their innocent sex scene is so awkward, yet very compelling and beautiful. I love their relationship.

Anderson’s cinematography and style are also something to love. The story is essentially a search-and-rescue story, meets coming-of-age tale. The themes, drama and comedy have a great balance. The plot, characters and the performers are the strongest aspects of the film. Though, it’s all a little boring. That might be because I am not yet accustomed to Wes Anderson’s pace of storytelling. I’ve always heard that his films are an acquired taste; and now I truly know why. Since this is my first Wes Anderson viewing, I don’t love it very much just yet. I’d like to watch all of his other movies; and then revisit this one.

Hayward and Gilman are fantastic. It’s also amazing to see Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Edward Norton, my favourite actor, share the screen together. It’s cinema magic. I liked it a fair deal, even if I did feel bored during. It’s a seemingly acquired taste; so I’d love to revisit this after making myself accustomed to Anderson’s style. This really is a well-made dramedy.

78/100

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Edward Norton turned 43 yesterday

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Edward Norton turned 43 yesterday, I know I’m late but he’s one of my favourite actors and I think he should get a birthday shout-out.

 You can catch Norton in theatres in the movie The Bourne Legacy or Moonrise Kingdom. He also plays in such movies as The Illusionist, where he plays magician in late nineteenth century Vienna; 25th HourThe Italian Job, a Hannibal Lecter film Red Dragon, and the pretty bad Death to Smoochy.

 He often plays characters that are usually very intelligent, but have troubled sides to them, like the films American History X where he plays a former neo-nazi skinhead, Fight Club and especially when he portrayed The Hulk in The Incredible Hulk

 Norton has been nominated for two Oscars, for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in American History X, and Best Actor in a Suppourting Role for his work in Primal Fear.

 Happy late birthday, Norton.