Written September 20, 2014
An amazingly wonderful film, like a odd and quirky (almost) modern fairytale. One of my favorite movies of the year, if not my absolute favorite. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward were refreshingly perfect as Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop, the two love-fated pre-teens. Great acting, wonderful dialogue and story. Must go!
Written August 21, 2014
Moonrise Kingdom was a touching yet hilarious story that I is one of my top movies. If you've seen Hugo and liked it, this movie is just as good if not better
Written August 29, 2014
I'm guessing the professional critics love this movie because it is an intelligent and entertaining departure from their normal diet of mindless action and rom-com movies. What the normal viewer will find is a quirky, almost surreal journey of interesting characters. The film moves along in a subdued manner that alternates between excitement, melancholy and sweetness. The acting is great, including a reminder that Bruce Willis doesn't need to get bloodied to get our attention. If you're in the mood for something different, give this one a try.
Written July 15, 2012
Imagine, if you will, a film with Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDonmand, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray, and each of these fine actors are smoked off the screen by two unknown teens in their film debuts - Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman. The kids play two troubled teens who escape from their stifling home environments and go on an adventure, with a few dozen boy scouts and the town police in hot pursuit. It's all very cute and charming, except for the part where the dog gets killed. The only other negative aspect is Bob Balaban who acts as a "narrator" but his drole commentary somehow doesn't work. Balaban is a great actor, so blame it on the director if you must - Wes Anderson. Personally I didn't like any of Anderson's films that I saw previously ("The Royal Tennenbaums", "Rushmore") but this one is really good.
Written August 20, 2014
Went to this movie with my wife , nephew and long time friend. Knew from the start it was going to be an extremely well done cinematic trip. We laughed till our eyes watered at times and never knew where the movie was going to take us next. There is so much attention to detail in this flick, and the cinematography is amazing. Douglas Aibel, who did the casting in this movie is a genius and the young actors are outstanding. The movie has somewhat of a Terry Gilliamesque feel to it with great offbeat characters. The only thing that was strange is how we we're the only ones laughing in the theater and clapping at the end. We just chalked it up to the other viewers not getting it, you know, no turds floating in a pool, or flatulence.