Review: Moonrise Kingdom
By Matt Goodman
Yes, Wes – you’ve done it again! Anderson’s newest entry into the quirky film arena is Moonrise Kingdom, a heartwarming story about two young star-crossed lovers who run away from their respected places to live together and fall in love, while unexpectedly prompting a whole search party to go out and find them. The film stars newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young lovers, along with the obvious Wes Anderson cast members including Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman with some new additions like Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Edward Norton – all in totally committed roles.
I’d like to take a moment and applaud Edward Norton for giving an outstanding performance as the Scoutmaster of a group of Eagle Scouts. Norton goes all out for an unexpectedly authentic performance (especially for a Wes Anderson film) and was picture-perfect for this role. Back to the film, Moonrise Kingdom is my favorite Wes Anderson film since his cult favorite The Royal Tenenbaums (which is a magnificent film if you haven’t checked it out already). Moonrise Kingdom is not exceedingly idiosyncratic like The Darjeeling Limited or The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but still retains a certain amount of eccentricity and likeness that reassures the fact that you ARE watching a Wes Anderson film. Moonrise Kingdom is a film worthy of multiple viewings and endless praise, which is a superb entry into the Wes Anderson genre (yes, he even gets his own genre).
Rating: 5 out 5