Written July 20, 2012
My husband and I went to see this because the ratings were so good and it had a strong cast. We weren't disappointed. It's a bit quirky, but the story line is good and all the characters are played very well. Enjoyable.
Written May 27, 2012
Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best
Written June 10, 2012
First of all, all the stuff you expect to see in a Wes Anderson flick is there. Setpieces, whimsy, musical choices, the slow-mo walk to music, quirky to the point of impossible characters etc....but it all works, and works much better that some of his more recent efforts. The young love story is sweet, and reflected in the adults around them in interesting ways. Tilda Swinton doesn't have much to do though, and there's a moment when things got a bit creepy for me between the young leads, but other than these minor mis-steps it was wonderful, and at just over 90 minutes things move quickly along with no fiddling around. A must for WA fans, and accessible to everyone, I think.
Written July 31, 2012
I seldom feel tempted to actually walk out of a movie, but this one takes the cake. It was the most ridiculous, boring excuse for entertainment I've every agonized through (unfortunately, I had no choice but to stay since we were meeting friends afterwards.) How this gets any good reviews is beyond me. I'd been forewarned but figured how bad could it be....now I know!
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.