But despite the whimsy, the constant meta-theme in “Moonrise Kingdom” is how age and complacency can blot out the spark of youth. Nearly every adult in the film moves through life in a melancholy daze, weighted down by the loss of love, spirit or dreams. In Anderson's world, Suzy and Sam are the great hope, the proof that adventure and the energy of youth do not have to ebb away. They might just end up like all the adults on New Penzance, especially if they stay on the island, but as Anderson seems to hint toward the end of “Moonrise Kingdom,” they might just make it by the sheer force of their personalities — and drag the adults toward redemption in the process.
— George Lang
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban. (Sexual content and smoking)