Watched Jun 09, 2012
"Moonrise Kingdom" seems very much like a throwback to the coming-of-age movies of yesteryear, the kind of movies about childhood they hardly make outside of Europe anymore.
Of course, this is still a Wes Anderson movie so there are plenty of "Andersonian" quirks to set the film apart from, say, "The Blue Lagoon" or "Paradise".
It's also IMHO Anderson's 2nd best movie, right after "The Royal Tannenbaums".
"Moonrise Kingdom" focuses on a pair of "emotionally disturbed" children (a boy and a girl, played by newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) who flee from the emotional (metaphorical) prisons of their lives with adults who don't understand them and have adventures and eventually get married all the while a storm is brewing on the New England island New Penzance, where they live in the year 1965.
And, of course, the adults in their lives (played by Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton as "Social Services") go out searching for the young wayward lovers and plan to bring them back home where "they belong".
Though some of the film is quite predictable (ok, most of it is), Gilman and Hayward are likable leads and the film is beautiful to look at.
BTW, the film is almost certain to score a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination (and I wouldn't be surprised if Anderson and Roman Coppola win this time around!)