Moonrise Kingdom

2012

Moonrise Kingdom

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Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.

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Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom 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. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl. -- (C) Focus Features

Cast

Bruce Willis
as Captain Sharp
Edward Norton
as Scout Master Ward
Bill Murray
as Mr. Bishop
Frances McDormand
as Mrs. Bishop
Tilda Swinton
as Social Services
Bob Balaban
as The Narrator
Lucas Hedges
as Redford
Tommy Nelson
as Nickleby
Larry Pine
as Mr. Billingsley
Eric Chase Anderson
as Secretary McIntire
Jake Ryan
as Lionel
Liz Callahan
as Mrs. Billingsley
Christine Noel
as Noah's Wife
John Peet
as Junior Khaki Scout Master
Carolyn Pickman
as Mrs. Lynn
Kevin DeCoste
as Morse Code Khaki Scout
Harvey Keitel
as Commander Pierce
Tyler Metivier
as Bugle Khaki Scout
Cooper Murray
as Indian Chief Khaki Scout
Coledyn Garrow
as Trampoline Khaki Scout
Ben Haffner
as Archery Khaki Scout
Michael Malvesti
as B-B-Q Khaki Scout
Rich Conant
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Johnathon Deneault
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Jack TeJean Hartman
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Preston Hatch
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Alex Milne
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Jordan Puzzo
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Steve Smith
as Weather Man
Roman Keitel
as Acolyte's Assistant
Derek Sardella
as Pigeon Scout
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Critic Reviews for Moonrise Kingdom

All Critics (246) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (229) | Rotten (17)

  • The film is frequently funny, always elegant (or mock-elegant), and something that would make Humbert Humbert laugh all the way to his asylum.

    Jun 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • There are many echoes of Anderson's earlier films, particularly Rushmore and Tenenbaums. He's an unapologetic romantic and Moonrise Kingdom is a study in wish-fulfillment.

    Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Most of Wes Anderson's previous pictures came from the head; Moonrise Kingdom is one from the heart.

    Jun 21, 2012 | Rating: 4/4
  • Anderson never loses his core themes - young love, the need to escape, the bind and bluster of family. His "Kingdom" may not be large, but it is perfectly appointed.

    Jun 15, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Phonies may complain that Anderson's island of misfit toys is a retreat from the real world, but for pure-hearted adventurers who share the secret map, "Moonrise Kingdom" is a joy that cannot be eclipsed.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Though undeniably smart and charming, "Moonrise Kingdom" loves itself the way the callow Holden Caulfield loves himself: unconditionally. Salinger understood the problem with that. Anderson may not.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Moonrise Kingdom

  • Aug 15, 2017
    Moonrise Kingdom is a sweet heartwarming coming-of-age comedic drama that showcases some great talent. That talent mostly being Wes Anderson who has crafted an authentic drama with some contemporary flavours. His direction is so quirky that it's hard not to fall in love with it. The centralisation of characters and objects with the camera, the still shots of the excellent production design, the side track panning as characters walk along and a nice 360 degree scene within a house. The stages built for those scenes just ooze design excellence and I have to admire the simplicity. We follow two 12 year olds who fall in love and plan to run away, but various authorities attempt to track them down. It's a basic plot but the animated characters and young performances help reinvigorate this exhausted genre. Our typical Anderson cast (Norton, Swinton, Keitel, Murray etc.) are all here again and give great performances. The awkward yet loving chemistry between our two young leads was moulded with care and tenderness that I found somewhat relatable. I'm sure back in our youth we all fell in love with a crush and wanted to run away from everyone...no? Just me then. Again, the production design was genius. I love how it purposefully look like it's built for a stage show as opposed to a cinematic piece, there is something so idiosyncratic about Anderson's choice of style that just makes it wonderful. Whilst all the above is all plain sailing, my major issue was with the narrative. I found myself somewhat disengaged until about halfway through. Right from the start, you are thrown in straight away with about 47 characters (completely accurate...) and a geography lesson of the island. Honestly I needed to get a notebook out. It was intimidating! Like an onslaught of quirkiness. It took so long for me to catch up and become invested that the short runtime of 94 minutes was nearly over. It's a shame, wish it was longer so that the plot development could take its time. However, it's a sweet film and Anderson's style is impeccable.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2017
    Charming and whimsical, herein is a call to separate from the lousy group that treats you badly, and to lovingly embrace yourself. If someone else wants to embrace you: that's even better. Wes Anderson on steroids.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2015
    A fantastically watchable coming of age story, the moon of wonderment never sets in Wes Anderson's fascinating misadventure. Truthfully, this is not the auteur's best work since Rushmore (that would be Royal Tenenbaums and Grand Budapest Hotel), but it hits a lot of the right notes ... especially if you're a fan of this writer/director's life Quixotic. You have to trust his quirky vision by jumping in - not slowly dipping your toes to find the right temperature. This warning seems more the case with this film than any of his others. It's a wondrously whimsical world painstakingly brought to life with specific brushstrokes and amazing performances. In this PG-13-rated 1960s-set dramedy , two young lovers (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) make a pact and run away into the wilderness, riling the local townspeople intent on finding them before a violent storm touches down. The fact that Moonrise Kingdom takes place from a kid's eye-view (as opposed to Rushmore, which took place from an eccentric kid-beyond-his-years) makes this Anderson film a unique confection, tender and warm even amidst the storminess. Despite boasting a marquee cast chock full of bona fide movie stars, Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton beautifully fall into the fabric of this tale and never once overshadow their young players. Like a seasoned troupe, the actors - young and old - comprise this Kingdom equally. If you're willing to fully bask yourself in Anderson's particular rays of Moon-light, the payoff is worth a king's ransom. Bottom line: Makes Hay While the Moon Shines
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2015
    Very odd, quirky movie. However, after a slow, skeptical start, I found I actually enjoyed it. It wasn't amazing or a movie I'd see over and over, but it was enjoyable enough.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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