Billy's Film Reviews.

A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!

Moonrise Kingdom – 2012


Continuing with the recent “Ander-monium”, (that is, the consecutive viewing of Wes Anderson films), the appreciation for this wonderful creator and visionary has increased substantially following “Moonrise Kingdom”. A delightful tale of young love, adventure, persistence and discovery, Anderson’s second latest feature showcases marvellous youthful talent, as well as plenty of proven performers such as Francis McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis.

Two youths, boy scout Sam (Jared Gilman) and ‘troubled child’ Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) decide to flee together into the vast wilderness of New England, which sparks hysteria amongst parents – Mr. and Ms. Bishop (Murray and McDormand), Police officer Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) and Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton).


Delightfully heartfelt and enchanting, “Moonrise Kingdom” addresses larger than life situations on a small scale. It is a much smaller film than “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for example. Bruce Willis is a surprise package given his unusual role, whilst Edward Norton continues his constant failure to disappoint, he is truly one of the best actors of the modern era. Young talent Jared Gilman is intriguing, fascinating and adorable as Sam; his mannerisms, dialogue and characteristics are delightful.


Once again constructed in a noticeably Anderson-like structure, “Moonrise Kingdom” is not too different to any of his other works when it comes to editing, cast, cinematography and the rigid characters occupying the imagined world, yet the story itself is something else.

A fantastic coming of age/romance/adventure story, “Moonrise Kingdom” is cute on an astronomical scale, marvellously constructed and an overall joy to watch. Anderson has once again created something truly magical here.


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