At the movies: Moonrise Kingdom
Two twelve year olds fall in love when they have a chance encounter at a play she performs in. They write letters and make plans to run away together. Sam escapes from Khaki Scout camp and Suzy meets him in the designated spot, carrying her suitcase. Once they’re reported missing, the townspeople, the police, and the Khaki Scouts begin hunting for them. Sam and Suzy get help from some unlikely people.
My friend and I went to see Moonrise Kingdom because it’s gotten great reviews and we know Wes Anderson has quite a following. Unfortunately, it didn’t appeal to either of us. I’m not sure if we’re not sophisticated enough or what, but most of the humor fell flat for us – I thought it was rather campy. I didn’t think the acting was particularly stellar and thought most of the movie was silly – maybe much of the humor was over my head. The movie is only an hour and a half long, but it felt much longer to me. There is one scene involving a dog that may upset animal lovers, and I felt it was totally unnecessary. This movie wasn’t for me, but critics and fans on sites like imdb and rotten tomatoes gave it positive reviews, so if you’re a fan of Anderson’s movies, you’ll probably want to see this one.