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08/19/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A quirky, colorful spark of Anderson's creativity.

When I think of Wes Anderson, I think of three things. Quirkiness, Colorfulness and Fascination.

In his new tale of young love, Wes Anderson brings possibly his best movie to date.
The direction shows us what is really missing in our world today: a true young love, like the one between our central characters Suzie and Sam.
One may look at this movie and think: aww, cute.
And it is. But I think what Wes Anderson and everyone in the cast was thinking and going for during the production is an attempt to show appreciation and acceptance of a love that in that case would be frowned upon. It is a beautiful telling, filled with mature, as well as childish strokes of brilliance, an excellent depiction of an isolated 'kingdom' of an island and that typical Wes Anderson trademark, all Anderso...

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Daniel Corleone
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10/18/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Moonrise Kingdom review

Philosophical, colorfully gorgeous, funny, excellently casted, and dark all in one mix. Brilliant direction, splendid soundtrack, lush cinematography, spectacular performances and an enticing screenplay makes this one of the best of the year and from the director. It starts off with a missing skilled Khaki Scout named Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) who meets-up with temperamental Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward). Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) informs Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) while the parents of Suzy, Walt (Bill Murray) and Laura (Frances McDormand), worry about their daughter. So many stories interwoven masterfully with comical moments. The kids were sincere and believable which makes the film more endearing.

The movie has bountiful quotable and insightful lines: Captain Sharp -...

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Jacob Zembower

08/12/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Young love, wes anderson style.

Another delicious piece of trademark Wes Anderson whimsy. Moonrise Kingdom is a sweet, funny, melancholic film about first love. Once again Anderson has rounded up a great cast, with Edward Norton delivering an against-type but hilarious performance. Tilda Swinton once again proves that she is one of, if not the best, working actress today by taking a small role and making it memorable. Beautifully filmed, with accute attention to detail, a lovely soundtrack, and all of Anderson's typical flourishes. Moonrise Kingdom ranks as one of the best films of the year and also one of the directors best films. However, if you don't like his style now, Kingdom is not for you, as this is himself at his most unrestrained. Charming and lovely, Moonrise Kingdom is a delightful treat.

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07/02/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom is a cinematic delight, packed with outstanding performances all around, fun and quirky dialogue, magnificent cinematography, an excellent musical score, and a story so good, so charming and fresh that you'll most diffidently want to see the film more than twice. This beautifully crafted spectacle is as entertaining as a movie could possibly be, with genuine laughs and themes of conformity so well presented and realized that make you love the hell out of these two kids who share a terrific romantic bond with each other.

Moonrise Kingdom follows the characters Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), both twelve-years-old, who basically live not-so-good lives. Sam is part of a boy scouts camp, and he gets teazed by the other kids. Suzy is not so happy...

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07/01/2012 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Anderson Creates a Perfect Kingdom

I make no qualms about being a pretty big Wes Anderson fan. I've liked everything from Rushmore to the Darjeeling Limited, with some resonating more than others. However, with Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson has eclipsed his previous films and solidifies his position as one of the most original, entertaining directors still willing to take a chance on a new concept.

In this case, Anderson steps back in time to 1965 to the island of New Penzance, where a couple of misfits - one a boy, an orphan who may be "emotionally disturbed" and one a girl with her own violent tendencies that has her family trying to figure out how to cope with her. They both find each other, write letters all summer and then decide to go on their own adventure, where they solidify their young love.... a love that may be...

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