Moonrise Kingdom

Nov 02, 2012 No Comments by

Director Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) garnered critical acclaim this spring when his latest film, “Moonrise Kingdom,” opened the Cannes Film Festival. Now available for digital download and out on BluRay and DVD on October 16, “Moonrise Kingdom” continues Anderson’s whimsical penchant for tales that speak to the inner child in each of us, the one that yearns for connection and trying to find a place in the world.

A true modern day auteur, Anderson has developed a style uniquely his own; with a quirky sense of humor and fast paced, witty dialogue. The predominant theme throughout his body of work is dealing with parental neglect. “Moonrise Kingdom,” tells the story of Sam and Suzy, played by newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward; the two kids run away together on the small island of New Penzance, located off the coast of New England. Both children have emotional issues tied to the absence of their parents; Sam is an orphan and Suzy’s parents are emotionally vacant lawyers who over-analyze everything.

The film, which boasts an all-star ensemble cast, minus its young stars, marks Bill Murray’s sixth appearance in an Anderson feature, as Suzy’s father, Walt Bishop. His wife Laura, played by Frances McDormand, is having an affair with Captain Sharp, played by Bruce Willis, the leader of the islands small police force. Also on board in top form are Edward Norton as Scout Master Ward, Harvey Keitel as Commander Pierce, Tilda Swinton as Social Services, and Jason Schwartzman as Cousin Ben.

Anderson, who co-wrote “Moonrise Kingdom” with Roman Coppola, has a gift for being able to pack a lot of story into a tight 94-minute film. In the hands of most other directors, a film with this many characters and story twists would likely clock in at two hours or more, but Anderson’s rapid-fire dialogue and quick edits trim an unnecessary baggage, leaving the viewer something wonderfully succinct, a composition that glows with heart, humor, and characters one relates to.

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Alan Schooling grew up in Southern California before fleeing north to escape the heat. He has been obsessed with music for the last 24 years and had seen more concerts than he can remember. He is currently a communications major at Dominican University of California who is pursuing a career in journalism.
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