Title: Moonrise Kingdom
Director: Wes Anderson
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Descriptors: Charming, Quirky, Coming of Age
Rating: ★★★★ out of 5
Summary: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore, and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the director Wes Anderson, he’s most well known for films like “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Bottle Rocket” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Moonrise Kingdom includes a very talented cast with stars like Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton and newcomers (at the time) Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Anderson’s films are infamous for their quirky or oddball characters combined with bizarre storylines.
In “Moonrise Kingdom,” Anderson creates a fantastical world, employing unusual subplots combined with stunning visual effects. The movie is set in the 1960’s on a picturesque island off the coast of New England. The story revolves around two adolescents who fall in love and concoct an elaborate plan to run away together. As would be expected, chaos inevitably ensues as the story progresses, but I won’t spoil it by giving away too many details — this is just one of those movies you have to see for yourself.
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