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Moonrise Kingdom: A Review

An impromptu date night was made perfect with this adorably off beat love story. Wes Anderson is one of my favorite film makers because he creates a world that is odd and makes our own awkward traits seem miniscule in comparison. His stories have flawed dissatisfied characters that eventually find a way to deal and gives hope to the rest of us.

When compared to his other films Moonrise Kingdom stands out because of the hopeful tone of the precocious youth. Wes Anderson’s trademark use of color and picturesque environments are ever present and really help to frame this story. You are transported to New England in 1965 on a sparsely populated island where the young lovers live. Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman), an orphan, is on a mission to run away and start a life with his lady love; young Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward). Suzy is the daughter of two attorneys Walt and Laura played by Bill Murray and Frances McDormand respectively. The two met the previous summer while Suzy performed in a church performance of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten (whose music is present throughout the film) and began a pen pal relationship. Through the year their letters were filled with stories of how misunderstood and outsider the two kids are and a plan to run away was born.

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