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December 3, 2013 by Welcome to the Jungle

Another New England Pubescent Romance
By Emily G.

Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson
American Empirical Picture, Indian Paintbrush and Scott Rudin Productions

Moonrise kingdom

Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis,Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDonald, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balabman

Another New England Pubescent Romance

The 2012 romantic comedy-drama film Moonrise Kingdom is a perfect remake of any 1960’s love story. With Khaki Shouts, violent hurricanes and the unexplored wilderness, one can say that this film is a cinematic journey that everyone should take part in.

Directed by the great Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of a quant New England Island in the 60’s and the love story focused around Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman), a twelve year-old orphan who spends his days at the Khaki Scout summer camp and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward), a twelve year-old over matured, troubled pre-teen who spends her days by herself. The two meet at Suzy’s church play and decide to run away together after becoming such great pen pals. The time they spend together grows more romantic after setting up camp together in a distant cove they name “Moonrise Kingdom”.

The time they spend together is short lived once Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), the islands police officer (Bruce Willis) and Sam’s Shout Master (Edward Norton) find them. Forbidden to see each other, Sam and Suzy must find a way to be together again all while a brutal hurricane brews. One can expect a witty, rhythmic and beautiful film with plot twists at every turn.

The actors delivery in this film was impeccable. It was approached in a shape, humorous way that appealed to audiences greatly. What was also great was that so many big named actors came together in a film that seemed out of their comfort zone. A scene that I found to be very wonderful to watch was the one where Suzy and Sam are found at their camp and are taken back by the adults. The way they all argue with each other is so believable and hilarious and you really get to see the true ways of each character.

In the movie, I noticed a very vintage feel. The lighting, the music and the shots taken all fit together so well in the end and you could really believe that were watching an original 1960’s film. Wes Anderson did a phenomenal job at creating that feel to the movie.

Though there was little special effects or computer graphics in the film, the ones that were put in added a very comical feel. At one point in the movie, Sam gets struct by lightening, and then gets up and dusts himself off which I found to be pretty funny. There was also a shot where Edward Norton is assembling his Khaki Shouts in the rain and fireworks are shooting up behind him while he stands centre screen with his hands in the air. These memorable shots add to the comical feel of the movie and help push the story along.

One thing I adored about the film was its amazing soundtrack. Filled with a children’s choirs and a booming orchestra, many could say that the film was based around it. It just gives the whole movie this sophisticated feel.

This is one of the best movies that I have seen in a long time. It has style, humour, action, romance, a great soundtrack, a wonderful cast and terrific shots. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, wether it’s a teenage girl or a middle aged man, everyone will get something out of the cinematic masterpiece that is Moonrise Kingdom.

Emily G. is a grade 12 student who belongs in the 60’s.


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