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Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

4.0 8
Director: Wes Anderson

Cast: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis


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Director/co-writer Wes Anderson teams with screenwriter Roman Coppola for this period comedy-drama set in the 1960s, in which a pair of young lovers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) from an island off the New England coast head for the hills and


Director/co-writer Wes Anderson teams with screenwriter Roman Coppola for this period comedy-drama set in the 1960s, in which a pair of young lovers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) from an island off the New England coast head for the hills and throw their small town into a frenzy. Bruce Willis co-stars with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Frances McDormand.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Of all the filmmakers of his generation, Wes Anderson has most firmly established not just a look, a tone, or a style, but a genuine all-encompassing aesthetic. It first came to fruition with his sophomore feature Rushmore, and every movie since then has been a poignant story of love, loss, and dysfunctional families with an exquisite soundtrack, stylized dialogue, Bill Murray, and painterly visuals. Moonrise Kingdom, his tale of first love, is unquestionably his, even if it isn't among his best. The movie stars newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy. Sam is the least-liked member of Khaki Scout troop 55, a group who are spending the summer of 1965 camping together on a New England island under the watchful eye of scoutmaster Ward (Edward Norton) and the island's lead security officer Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis). Suzy is the daughter of lawyers Walt and Laura Bishop (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), who live on the island, and she's unbalanced because she knows her mother is having an affair with Sharp. The two kids write letters back and forth, hatching a plan to run away together. They succeed in getting away from the adults responsible for them, but when a severe storm threatens to hit, everyone on the island pitches in to search for the missing duo. Like David Mamet, Quentin Tarantino, or the Coen brothers, Anderson writes dialogue that requires a certain spin from the actors. If the performers can't find the music in them, the words take on a leaden quality. In this capacity, the adults in Moonrise Kingdom fare rather well. Willis gives the film a soulful center, while Murray and McDormand share the movie's best scene, a late-night conversation in which they discuss painful truths about themselves. Those scenes reveal how much is missing from the interactions between the two kids. The child performers surely give the line readings the director wanted. However, they are both so emotionally flat, so one-dimensional in how they look and sound, that Sam and Suzy never feel like real kids, especially ones experiencing overpowering love for the first time. They're just part of this precious diorama that Anderson has formulated. In many ways, their relationship recalls the star-crossed romance between Margo and Richie Tenenbaum, the relationship at the heart of The Royal Tenenbaums. What passed between those two characters was fraught with sexuality and existential despair, and while Sam and Suzy have more physical contact than Margo and Richie, they don't have any of the profound longing. Again and again, the child actors fail to bring out the nuances in their scenes and their situation, in large part because of how Anderson has directed them. This discrepancy rears its head again at the end of the movie when Jason Schwartzman shows up to deliver some of the film's best laughs. He's one of the few actors -- alongside Owen Wilson and Murray -- who has a flawless ability to make Anderson's dialogue flow, accentuating the laughs without sacrificing the emotional truth of the scenes. That depth is missing when just the kids are onscreen, and since those scenes take up a big chunk of the movie, it's easy to grow bored or impatient. Anderson has always composed his films so that the shots carry as much emotional weight and humor as the actors. His ability to employ stylized, often cartoony, visuals runs through every aspect of his films from costuming to the dialogue. Sam's ever-present coonskin cap reveals as much about his personality as anything he says or does, as does scoutmaster Ward's freshly pressed shorts. Anderson's unquestioned gift is the ability to make the real world seem like a fictional place, and he does that throughout Moonrise Kingdom. People who enjoy being immersed in his singular vision won't be disappointed at all. Have no fear, Anderson hasn't lost his touch and his muse hasn't stopped talking to him. The shark has not jumped; there's not even a dorsal fin anywhere in sight. That said, Moonrise Kingdom does reveal some limits to this gifted filmmaker's talents.

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Special Features

A look inside Moonrise Kingdon; Welcome to the island of new penzance; Set tour with Bill Murray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jared Gilman Sam
Kara Hayward Suzy
Bruce Willis Captain Sharp
Edward Norton Scout Master Ward
Bill Murray Mr. Bishop
Frances McDormand Mrs. Bishop
Tilda Swinton Social Services
Jason Schwartzman Cousin Ben
Bob Balaban The Narrator
Lucas Hedges Redford
Charlie Kilgore Lazy-Eye
Andreas Sheikh Panagle
Chandler Frantz Gadge
Rob Campbell Deluca
L.J. Foley Izod
Gabriel Rush Skotak
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick Roosevelt
Tommy Nelson Nickleby
Larry Pine Mr. Billingsley
Marianna Bassham Becky
Neal Huff Jed
Eric Anderson Secretary McIntire
Jake Ryan Lionel
Tanner Flood Murray
Wyatt Ralff Rudy
Max Derderian Chef
Hugo DeAscentis Edgar
Liz Callahan Mrs. Billingsley
James Demler Noah
Christine Noel Noah's Wife
Jean-Michael Pion Ham
John Peet Junior Khaki Scout Master
Carolyn Pickman Mrs. Lynn
Ada-Nicole Sanger Sparrow
Isabella Guinness Owl
Violet Guinness Bittern
Caris Yeoman Curlew
Lily Tiger McEnerney Dove
Kevin DeCoste Morse Code Khaki Scout
Harvey Keitel Commander Pierce
Tyler Metivier Bugle Khaki Scout
Cooper Murray Indian Chief Khaki Scout
Coledyn Garrow Trampoline Khaki Scout
Ben Haffner Archery Khaki Scout
Michael Malvesti B-B-Q Khaki Scout
Rich Conant Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Johnathon Deneault Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Jack TeJean Hartman Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Preston Hatch Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Alex Milne Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Jordan Puzzo Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Steve Smith Weather Man (Voice)
Dakota Pimentel Acolyte
Roman Keitel Acolyte's Assistant
Derek Sardella Pigeon Scout
Conrad Pope Conductor

Technical Credits
Wes Anderson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Molly Cooper Co-producer
Roman Coppola Screenwriter
Jeremy Dawson Producer
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Nate Grubb Asst. Director
Craig Henighan Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Hoffman Executive Producer
Peter Jarvis Songwriter
Kasia Walicka Maimone Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Mothersbaugh Songwriter
Octavia Peissel Associate Producer
Conrad Pope Musical Arrangement
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Steven Rales Producer
Mark Roybal Executive Producer
Scott Rudin Producer
Adam Stockhausen Production Designer
Gerald Sullivan Art Director
Pawel Wdowczak Sound Mixer
Andrew Weisblum Editor
Lila Yacoub Co-producer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moonrise Kingdom
1. Scene 1 [5:28]
2. Scene 2 [3:07]
3. Scene 3 [3:20]
4. Scene 4 [4:03]
5. Scene 5 [5:13]
6. Scene 6 [3:40]
7. Scene 7 [4:06]
8. Scene 8 [4:22]
9. Scene 9 [6:50]
10. Scene 10 [6:46]
11. Scene 11 [3:01]
12. Scene 12 [4:06]
13. Scene 13 [5:17]
14. Scene 14 [6:25]
15. Scene 15 [4:32]
16. Scene 16 [4:48]
17. Scene 17 [5:02]
18. Scene 18 [3:32]
19. Scene 19 [3:17]
20. Scene 20 [6:38]


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Moonrise Kingdom 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
fiorentina More than 1 year ago
Moonrise Kingdom is a special gem of a movie.  Filled with whimsy and heart.  Humor and sweetness interwoven to create a very wonderful movie that will stay with you until the last drop of the last scene. Very special, wonderfully quirky and so highly recommended.  Also, filled with wonderful New England landmarks! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised but I really enjoyed this movie.  I stumbled upon the ending of this movie on HBO and had recorded a later showing to watch the whole thing. It's simple and fun and I just really liked the feel or vibe of the whole thing.  It was well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing.  if you're the type of person who doesn't like this movie, I don't care to know you.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Delightful all the way through--and don't miss the music/narration at the end of the credits too!
woodsmoke More than 1 year ago
Wonderful movie. The most original screenplay that has been produced in a long time. This movie should win the Oscar for the most original screenplay. I am surprised that it had not gotten greater coverage by the media. Will become a classic "sleeper" movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely awful. An insult to anyone who loves movies, who appreciates the wisdom of adulthood, who reveres a good story well told. A sad, trite nothing that worships children in all things. Message to those behind this movie - children are not the best guides on anything. Get over the ageism, and grow up. Another Anderson therapy movie, where he uses the audience to work out his issues. Avoid like the plague.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is unsuitable for children and was offensive to my family. Language, drinking, and sexual situations were very accepted by children in this movie. Would never recommend it to anyone.