Moonrise Kingdom is a comedy drama film directed by Wes Anderson. The plot follows a pair of young kids who fall in love and decide to escape their restrictive homelives to be together, prompting a man hunt.
So, I have talked at great length about Anderson’s quirks in filmmaking in other reviews, so I won’t go too much into it here, only to say that this might be the best usage of them yet. They work in such a way that they make the film feel cheery, even though a lot of bleak things happen, it never feels depressing; it has a childlike sense of wonder and nativity that prevail throughout.
The kid’s actors were fine, that is big praise considering normally child acting ranges from terrible to god awful.
The two stars on the acting front are Edward Norton as the Scout Leader and Bruce Willis as the town’s sheriff/ policeman. Now, Norton’s character is very sweet and wholesome, and he is almost impossible not to root for, but also he is expectedly good. The real star on the acting front is Willis. This is because to most people it is clear that Willis stopped trying years ago, he mainly just does paycheck roles and straight to video stuff now, but this film proves that when he is trying he can still be great.
Overall, a very sweet tale of outsider love told in a way only Anderson can.
The clear Anderson touch
Bruce Willis actually trying
The childlike wonder and optimism
The child actors aren’t terrible
The Jason Schwartzman cameo
A little slow with the pacing, a bit of bloat
Reviewed by Luke