Monday, June 18, 2012

Movie Review: Moonrise Kingdom


From seeing the previews on t.v., I had no idea what to expect in terms of the plot of this movie. The actors and director were enough to pull me in, though. This is the latest film by Wes Anderson, starring Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, and more.

The story revolves around two outcasted children: Sam and Suzy, who find each other, find love, and even weather a couple of lightning strikes while they're at it. The story is told with the use of one of Suzy's little brothers record player in that the music reflects the parts of the story and how each separate part of the orchestra plays the same music in turns and then all comes together in the end to form the collective story.

The actors who played Sam and Suzy were perfect: Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. I was so happy that they found each other in the movie. These are two outcasted, kind of disturbed children, but with each other, they are happy. Sam is an orphan. No one in his "Khaki Scouts" unit likes him. There is a funny scene where Sam is talking to some kid, then decides to punch him in the balls and runs away before the kid can hit him back. Suzy finds a pamphlet in her parent's things about dealing with a disturbed child and that can only be about herself. Then there is the scene where she snaps at school and starts a fight with another of her classmates. She owns a pair of lucky lefty scissors that isn't so lucky for another kid. Essentially, they are tired of dealing with everyone else and they run away together to this beach hide-away.

Suzy's blue eye shadow was cool. She packed the most useless things in her suitcase: books, scissors, binoculars, cat food. She has a cat that she brings with her and it is just the cutest thing. It tries to poke it's head out of it's carrier. It scratches itself when Sam paints Suzy's potrait. Okay, okay. Enough rambling about the cat. :)

This film kind of reminded me of the last Wes Anderson film I had seen, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, when the children don little animal costumes.

There was so much to love about this movie. So many details to note. The scene where Suzy gets her ears pierced is freaky. The two children are so awkward around each other which is perfect because though they try to act adult, they cannot fool themselves. I loved seeing the two of them dance together. Sam had some funky awesome moves. I could go on and on, but I highly recommend you check the movie out for yourself. For me, this movie was all about Sam and Suzy but the adult actors where fantastic, too. This film is brilliant.


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