I have a confession to make: I’m not a big Wes Anderson fan. Out of all the movies I’ve seen of his there are only two which I enjoyed, which were Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited. In general I just can’t connect with all the weird characters which appear in his movies. So I really wasn’t rushing out to see Moonrise Kingdom, but as it has been getting rave reviews I had to find out if this was the third movie I’d like or if I’d better give up on watching his movies.
The story is about one of the most classic subjects in the history of movies, love. It’s about two lovers who decide to get away from society and social pressure and just enjoy the time they have with each other. What’s different about Moonrise Kingdom though is that Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) are in their early teens. Both have troubled relationships with the people around them and want to get away from it all. They do so without telling anyone and since they live on an island it doesn’t take long before a search party is started to find them.
The movie is filled with a lot of great performances of well-known actors including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and Tilda Swinton, but this movie is all about the kids and their first experience with love, camping and telling each other stories about each other.
I really enjoyed this movie. It’s got that typical Anderson look, but it really works perfectly. I was a big fan of a small sequence in which the two “lovers” write each other letters, which was perfectly edited. The two read these letters, but you never hear the complete letters, but the words you hear give enough information to understand what kind of information the two are sharing. I was not expecting much from this movie, but ended up loving it. It’s a great depiction of first love and the purity of the feelings one might have.