Movie Review: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Movie Review: ‘Moonrise Kingdom'
Oklahoman Published: June 22, 2012

“Moonrise Kingdom” is often wickedly funny and always fascinating to watch: Anderson constructed the interior of the Bishops' home inside a vacant Linens-N-Things, allowing him to scan wildly from room to room and depict the detachment and distance within the family. A treehouse perches so precariously in the Khaki Scouts camp that it looks like an image from Anderson's animated film, “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Anderson sharply choreographs his action sequences in the scout camp to the point of inspiring awe, and the performances by Gilman and Hayward, both first-time film stars, are so accomplished and finely tuned that they measure up to the experienced adults in Anderson's repertory.

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


‘Moonrise Kingdom'

PG-131:333 ½ stars

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban. (Sexual content and smoking)

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