Moonrise Kingdom

June 21st, 2012


Moonrise Kingdom

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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.

Release Year: 2012

Rating: 8.3/10 (8,030 voted)

Critic's Score: 84/100

Director: Wes Anderson

Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down -- which might not be such a bad thing.

Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola

Bruce Willis - Captain Sharp
Edward Norton - Scout Master Ward
Bill Murray - Walt Bishop
Kara Hayward - Suzy
Frances McDormand - Laura Bishop
Tilda Swinton - Social Services
Jason Schwartzman - Cousin Ben
Jared Gilman - Sam
Harvey Keitel - Commander Pierce
Bob Balaban - Narrator
L.J. Foley - Izod
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick - Roosevelt
Jake Ryan - Lionel
Charlie Kilgore - Lazy Eye
Neal Huff - Jed


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Release Date: 16 May 2012

Filming Locations: Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Opening Weekend: $522,996 (USA) (27 May 2012) (4 Screens)

Gross: $3,750,000 (USA) (10 June 2012)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Opening film at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

Revealing mistakes: When Cousin Ben is talking to Sam and Suzy as they walk through the camp, a marching scout extra in the background can be seen looking and waving at the camera.

Sam: I love you but you have no idea what you are talking about.

User Review

An ambitious film which for the most part delivers spectacularly

Rating: 9/10

Saw this just now in a small indie cinema in Heidelberg, Germany and I have to say, it was a romp. In my humble opinion this film manages to be both Wes Anderson's funniest picture so far and his most melancholic. The utter uncompromising stylishness of his other work is also present here, perhaps even heightened, but in contrast to The Life Aquatic (and to a certain degree The Darjeeling Limited), the emphasis here is firmly on plot. The brave and often odd visuals never overwhelm the story and the audience never feels like they are not quite in on the joke, like in The Life Aquatic. The tone does tend to become a bit erratic, especially in the last third of the film when Anderson seems to want to pack so much into every frame that the film becomes a bit cartoonish at times (hence the not-perfect score from me). All in all, though, the plot is very balanced and the pacing is great. The two young leads are superb and the brave move by Anderson to place unknown actors front and centre pays off beautifully. The rest of the cast is on paper even more star-studded than The Royal Tenenbaums and yet Anderson never steers into unnecessary character development just to accommodate his stars. A touch here and a touch there are more than enough to paint a picture of a group of people who are eerily similar in their dissatisfaction with their lives and yet react quite differently to the two young lovers' dash (literally) for happiness. In conclusion, a must-see for Anderson fans and highly recommended for everyone else.


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