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5.0 out of 5 stars Stirs the memory of adolescent first love, June 19, 2012
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This review is from: Moonrise Kingdom (DVD)
Set in 1965, Moonrise Kingdom is a stylized coming of age film that delivers on its promise to bring the viewer of any age back to the intensity of just-entering-adolescence love. That alone makes this an extraordinary film. In addition, the music and imagery are beautifully orchestrated to delight the senses. The casting, characters, and acting are superb. It is rare to have a film that puts together this much talent and then taps it to the fullest.

Heavy hitters include the brilliant Edward Norton (for once watching his language and holding his temper) as an anal but dedicated troop leader, Bill Murray who in stark contrast to the young stars in this film, fails to find any joy whatsoever in his work in the law profession, wealth, family or beautiful surroundings. His dissatisfied wife (Frances McDormand who was the psychiatrist in Norton's first film Primal Fear), is also an attorney (the lawyer banter are some of the funniest lines in the film). Bruce Willis (who plays very well with child stars as he has a bit of child still left in him) is the bachelor, island cop who goes head-to-head with the chilling Tilda Swinton (white witch from Narnia) known only as "Social Services," as she callously plans to put "the boy" in juvenile refuge to undergo shock therapy as needed.

Despite the exceptionally strong adult cast, the two main child stars Sam and Suzy not only keep pace, but outshine the grownups with their unfailing loyalty and unconditional love for each other, both express an unthinking complete giving of themselves to one other. The film captures beautifully in the persons of these two intriguing social outcasts the experience of moving from being trapped in isolation into discovering and developing a union with another. I love how the two of them are so adult and wise in one way and still very much children, with childlike reasoning and priorities, e.g., Suzy runs away and packs a suitcase full of books and her kitten but not a change of clothes.

The cast is rounded out by a boyscout troop with scouts having inappropriately derogatory names as we did in my youth - such as lazy eye for the boy with the eyepatch. Also true to life was how dangerous and unsupervised our childhoods were then. Seeing the boy jump from two story height onto a trampoline without a surrounding net or a single spotter in sight, for example, really brought me back. And interactions with our parents really were pretty much restricted to being called to the table for dinner. I loved seeing Suzy's little brothers (Irish triplets) while away the time with all of the board and other none electronic games, fueled by a couple of dice or imagination.

Wes Anderson spins a simple, sweet story - yet the viewer never knows exactly where it is headed. Throughout, the film is subtly hilarious. In trademark Anderson fashion, the lines are delivered in an almost deadpan way with all the characters completely oblivious to the irony and ridiculousness of the situation, dialog, and even their lives and themselves. I highly recommend purchasing this movie; it's one you'll want to watch again and again and share with other people. I've already seen it four times and it hasn't even opened in theaters in my state, yet.
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Initial post: Sep 20, 2012 9:39:16 AM PDT
Believe it or not, Ed Norton can watch his language and hold his temper... see Death to Smoochie. He's probably the only one in that film that doesn't sear or yell. Just don't make him hungry; you won't like him when he's hungry.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2012 5:04:47 AM PDT
That's one of my favorite satires, fricken hilarious; Edward Norton does lose it at one point though in that movie.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:43:23 PM PDT
Matthew says:
This review re-awakened my enjoyment of this film, as I saw it at a cinema maybe a week after it opened up. When I initially saw it, I thought the film was "just okay," but memories of certain scenes have sweetly wormed their way into my heart. Anyway, good work!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 8:56:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2013 8:57:31 PM PST
Weighing in again a few months after a "Redbox" rental, I've got to echo your sentiments. This, in retrospect, will be a purchase....................a sweet
one at that!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2013 10:03:00 AM PST
I love this movie. Need to find someone who hasn't seen it yet as an excuse to watch my dvd...again.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 3:10:44 PM PDT
For some reason, I had forgotten that I had even seen this movie. My husband reminded me. Even know I just remember bits and pieces. I remember thinking it was good, but it obviously wasn't good enough to stay in my mind for long.

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magellan says:

<<Taps it to the fullest huh? I've squeezed more talent out of dead insects.>>

Dude, that is gross. ;-)

<<And subtly hilarious does indicate some degree of humor. Humor means I would laugh. The only thing I'm laughing at is how I cannot fathom your enjoyment of this pure drivel.>>

Except you'd have to stop squeezing dead insects and pull your head out of your butt first.
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