“In the immaculately designed, emotionally charged bubble filmmaker Wes Anderson (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, FANTASTIC MR. FOX) builds around the 1965 New England summer, first love blooms. Sam (Jared Gilman) is an orphan at the mercy of foster parents and his Scout troop. Suzy (Kara Hayward) lives in a lighthouse with three younger brothers, two lawyer parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) and an urge to bust free. Sam, she decides, is her man. No one understands their attraction. Hell, they’re both 12. He’s a string bean in thick glasses, and she’s cool enough to wear eyeliner. But Anderson, who wrote the resonant script with Roman Coppola, knows their secret hearts. So when the kids run away to an island they call Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson is right there …Adults soon intrude on their paradise. There’s a hurricane coming, announces the film’s narrator (a delightful Bob Balaban). The scoutmaster (an engagingly wacked-out Edward Norton) organizes a search party with the help of his chief (Harvey Keitel) and cousin Ben, a scam artist in scout’s clothing played by a stellar Jason Schwartzman. The police captain (a becomingly non-macho Bruce Willis) is also on the case, pressured by Suzy’s mom, with whom he’s having an affair. The top-tier cast, including Tilda Swinton as a character called Social Services, may be star overload, but each actor performs small miracles…. By evoking the joys and terrors of childhood, MOONRISE KINGDOM reminds us how to be alive.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. PG-13. 93 Min.
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