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Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Movie Review

November 20, 2012

“Moonrise Kingdom” is a quirky beast. At times the movie feels exceedingly ridiculous. Still, it provides a delightful change from the typical movie. Not only does the film sport some unique camera angles and shots, but it also manages to give a powerful window into childhood. The main character is a young scout who decides to run away with a girl he met previously. Their escape sends his entire troop and most of the small island where they are camping after them.

The film’s music is largely an obscure collection of classical pieces that fit each scene beautifully. Alexandre Desplat wrote a delightful main theme that fits well with the rest of the classical tunes and fits the film’s mood. The movie sports a number of high profile actors in supporting roles, including Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton. They each fit their roles well, giving the film a quirky feel. Each of the child actors does a superb job in their roles as well.

Though the film is largely a case of style over substance, it manages to bring back memories of a simpler time when life was one big adventure. I especially enjoyed the scenes where the two runaways were running around in the forest. They always felt like they were giving their all on the adventure called life. If you enjoy quirky films, and children on adventures, you will find a lot to enjoy about “Moonrise Kingdom.” It provides a delightful window into that thing called childhood.

4/5

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From → Comedy, Drama

One Comment
  1. Thus far my favorite film of the year. Personally I love quirky movies so I’m swayed to this naturally. However, it is a brilliant representation of what it was like to be that age, and what you wanted and dreamed for then. The cast is great, wonderful score and soundtrack choices, some interesting and inventive (but certainly not new) cinematography including my favorite thing, long takes, and most importantly a well written script. I’m hoping Lincoln or Skyfall can top this but who knows.

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