Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Director: Wes Anderson

Starring: Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray

Two young children Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman) are misunderstood by the adults in his or her life and make a pact to run away together. This sets off a hectic search during a hurricane in the summer of 1965. Sue’s parents played by Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are too busy to care about each other let alone Suzy; and Sam is an orphan cast out by his faster parents. A sweetly compassionate tale of troubled kids and young love is all the more enjoyable with great support from Ed Norton (Ward) as the chain-smoking leader of Sam's Khaki Scout troop. Bruce Willis as the town's lonely, well-meaning sheriff. Tilda Swinton as an officious bureaucrat and Bob Balaban is an elfin narrator. Sam and Suzy confront death, abandonment and burgeoning sexuality in very real terms but the lyrical blend of wit, whimsy and woe makes ths a joy to watch.

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