Review: Moonrise Kingdom


By Matt Goodman


Yes, Wes – you’ve done it again! Anderson’s newest entry into the quirky film arena is Moonrise Kingdom, a heartwarming story about two young star-crossed lovers who run away from their respected places to live together and fall in love, while unexpectedly prompting a whole search party to go out and find them. The film stars newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young lovers, along with the obvious Wes Anderson cast members including Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman with some new additions like Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Edward Norton – all in totally committed roles.


I’d like to take a moment and applaud Edward Norton for giving an outstanding performance as the Scoutmaster of a group of Eagle Scouts. Norton goes all out for an unexpectedly authentic performance (especially for a Wes Anderson film) and was picture-perfect for this role. Back to the film, Moonrise Kingdom is my favorite Wes Anderson film since his cult favorite The Royal Tenenbaums (which is a magnificent film if you haven’t checked it out already). Moonrise Kingdom is not exceedingly idiosyncratic like The Darjeeling Limited or The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but still retains a certain amount of eccentricity and likeness that reassures the fact that you ARE watching a Wes Anderson film. Moonrise Kingdom is a film worthy of multiple viewings and endless praise, which is a superb entry into the Wes Anderson genre (yes, he even gets his own genre).


Rating: 5 out 5


  1. MalJune 18th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing this one because I currently am a Boy Scout. Now did you mean to say “Boy Scouts” when you said “Eagle Scouts” or are they legitimately cited as Eagle Scouts in the movie?

  2. RoseJuly 13th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Went to see the movie with my parents and they spent the whole time giggling and whispering to each other about how I AM Suzy Bishop. You know, minus the violent outbursts. I mean, I have violent outbursts but I don’t physically attack people. At least I don’t stab people when I’m angry. When it comes to stabbing I’m more like Pagoda of The Royal Tenenbaums and save it for when my loved ones are really desperate for a place to stay. However, if they asked me nicely, I’d stab anyone so they’d have a place to stay. Unless you’re pregnant. That’s unsafe and the New Testament would have been a lot shorter if Mary and Joseph had asked Pagoda for help finding a room.

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