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.
Written August 03, 2012
Critics don't say "must go" very often, New England island, sounds harmless. Somehow it just wasn't very interesting. Too many stars can be a kiss of death. There wasn't much that was even remotely funny in my humble opinion. It's apparently meant to be silly, but the core of the story is a very serious subject. Eventually you kinda feel you're laughing at victims.
Written January 05, 2013
There's something about Anderson's films that truly hit the emotional spots with the feeling of grim reality mixed in. I have watched 2 movies of his and I have yet to be disappointed; Moonrise Kingdom should be no different. There's a certain thing that he does that evokes compassion with a realistic and at times satirical undertone. Bottom Line: I want to see this film.
I saw this film a while ago and as usual Anderson did not disappoint; I was however concerned that there were kids doing adult-like things but other than that I was very impressed with the story and the many things that the audience can learn from the protagonists as the story moves along. All in all, great movie definitely worth watching
Written September 16, 2014
I was so excited to see this movie, i.e. great actors, original story, not commercial, etc. . I was very disappointed. The movie is boring and the plot is so thin, luckily the actors are saving the movie a bit. This is very pale in comparison with " Stand by Me".