Moonrise Kingdom

November 13 & 14
Moonrise Kingdom
(United States, 2012, 94 minutes)
Chosen by the American Film Institute as its 2013 Movie of the Year, Moonrise Kingdom is a comedy-romance from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums.) Set in 1965 on a small island off New England, Moonrise Kingdom is the tender, whimsical story of unorthodox and unpopular teenage scout Sam, who flees the organized chaos of the scout troop to experience wilderness camping on his own. He is joined by his pen pal, a lovely and quirky young teenage girl named Suzy, who herself is fleeing an unhappy home life. They encounter wilderness adventures and an introduction into sensuality. The town’s people and scout troop attempt to find the missing teens, resulting in a confused rescue .  The trouble is compounded by a massive storm that hits the island, leading to flooding and chaos. Jared Gilman (Sam) and Kara Hayward (Suzy) give endearing and honest performances. Bill Murray, as Suzy’s father, is as deadpan as ever, and Edward Norton seems beyond his capabilities as the Scout Master. Perhaps the standout acting is by Bruce Willis as the hapless Police Chief. Moonrise Kingdom is a charming, frequently funny and clever film that is quite enjoyable.