Moonrise Kingdom

00:00 June 26, 2012
By: David Vicari
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is about childhood as it is about to crash head-on with adolescence, and how it all can lead to an adulthood of broken dreams. it is also directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums), so it's not as heavy as it sounds, because it is much style over substance, injected with unending whimsy. Yeah, this is Wes Anderson whimsical, sometimes to an annoying degree, yet the style, story and characterizations captivated me enough to stay interested. The year is 1965 and Boy Scout Sam (Jared Gilman) and his lonely pen pal, Suzy (Kara Hayward), decide to run away together because they are in love. In pursuit of the children are grownups —Scout Master Ward (Edward norton), local policeman Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis), and Suzy's parents (Frances McDormand and Bill Murray). The film is like a weird cross between

a hard-boiled 1940s army movie and a Peanuts special. Most of the dialogue is delivered in a deadpan monotone, and I commend the actors for never letting on that they are in on the joke. When its 94 minutes were up, I came away from a movie that was emotionally muted, yet comically satisfying.

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