Rated 12a – Runtime 94 minutes
Let me just say this film has to be one of the most absorbing feel good trips Ive encountered in a long time!,the sign of a good film is when you don’t want it to end and this one i certainly didn’t want to end.
Wes Anderson the director casts a spell over you with this enchanting coming of age story,the story is set in the mid 60’s and begins with Sam and Suzy becoming pen-pals (Sam is an orphan and Suzy comes from a dysfunctional family)and after many letters to each other they decide to run away together.The film is set on New Penzance Island off the New England Coast with it sprawling woods and meadows and the cinematography is breathtaking and accompanied with quirky classical music and really makes you feel like your in the era.After running away the two love birds set up camp and decide to call it Moonrise Kingdom but if they thought there idyllic adventure would go unnoticed then they were mistaken as the hunt is on to find them by the local police chief and a platoon of boy scouts along with Suzi’s family by land,sea,and air.
The cast which is really surprising taking the genre of the film includes – Edward Norton,Bill Murray,Bruce Willis who all in there own right are fantastic but its the two stars of the film newcomers Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman who really shine.
I really enjoyed this film and will put it up there with my all time great films.
Verdict – 10/10.