Extraordinary Movies to Watch Anytime

Posted on April 15, 2019

by April S

Moonrise Kingdom - 2012 movie written and directed by Wes Anderson

Title: Moonrise Kingdom
Director: Wes Anderson
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Year: 2012
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.

If you enjoyed “Moonrise Kingdom,” you may also like:

Isle of Dogs - 2018 movie written and directed by Wes Anderson
The Grand Budapest Hotel -
Swiss Army Man - 2016 movie directed by Dan Kwan, starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe
Beasts of the Southern Wild - 2012 movie directed by Benh Zeitlin, starring Quvenzhané Wallis
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - 2015 movie directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, starring Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler and Olivia Cooke

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