Watch Moonrise Kingdom (2012) | Synopsis and Review

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With a story script written by Wes Anderson with Roman Coppola - who previously worked together in writing the script for The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of the journey of first love experienced by the two main characters of the film and how the love story is then affect the people around them. Like the films that Anderson has made before, Moonrise Kingdom is also told through a thick black comedy storytelling through the intercession of a series of quirky nuanced dialogues and characters filled with a high sense of sensitivity – a typical formula that is always applied by Anderson, but again proved to be able to still provide a strong attraction for the audience of the film.


Set in 1965 in an archipelago called New Penzance in New England, United States, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-old children, Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward). Sam is an orphan who is currently attending summer camp at Camp Ivanhoe led by Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton). Unfortunately, Sam's closed attitude makes it difficult for him to make friends and ends up being shunned by the children who live in the summer camp.


Meanwhile, Suzy is the only daughter of Walt (Bill Murray) and Laura Bishop (Frances McDormand) who also have three other sons. Like Sam, Suzy also finds it difficult to blend in with the people around her. Coupled with Suzy's tendency to cause trouble, Suzy often prefers to be alone and read her favorite adventure books rather than trying to find her playmates. Suzy and Sam's own introduction took place in the summer of the previous year. Through a brief meeting, which was followed by correspondence by letter, Sam and Suzy then mutually agreed to leave the life they thought was not suitable for them and choose to start their own adventure.


Back in collaboration with cinematographer David Yeoman, Wes Anderson managed to present beautiful images that are so capable of filling the spirit and emotional side needed by the Moonrise Kingdom storyline. Even so, those who are familiar with Anderson's storytelling style clearly know very well that behind the beauty of the visuals presented, Anderson actually wants to express the various pains, loneliness and sorrow felt by the characters in the film's storyline. Moonrise Kingdom also received the same treatment from Anderson. The audience can feel that the series of characters in this film are looking for a way out of the problems they have been hiding for too long through a series of dialogues and the magnificent yet silent visual appearance provided by Anderson.


The romance story that exists between the two main characters of this film is also able to be explored by Anderson in a simple way but still manages to appear captivating. Anderson never presented the love story in a poetic and over-the-top teen romance drama. At the same time, Anderson also seems to never hold himself back from presenting a strong love story between his two characters. The love story is presented so sweet and balanced, like the first love story felt by many people. That's what makes Moonrise Kingdom feel so human and easy to build an emotional connection with the audience.


Although it is only 94 minutes long and presents a storyline filled with many characters, Moonrise Kingdom never seems at all overwhelmed in providing a proportionate portion of storytelling for each character. Although the focus of the story is still given to the characters of Sam and Suzy, in various angles of the story, Anderson has succeeded in introducing other minor characters and the various conflicts they face while providing sufficient space to resolve the conflict. Moonrise Kingdom feels more alive thanks to the support of classy performances from the ranks of the film acting department filler.


Those strong performances included those of the two main leads, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward – two young actors who had never acted before. Separately, both are able to bring the characters they play to life perfectly. The chemistry that the two produce when appearing together in many scenes is also able to appear very convincing. Both appearances were also supported by the brilliant performances of senior actors and actresses such as Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel to Tilda Swinton who appeared in a short portion of appearance but managed to steal the attention.


Moonrise Kingdom will obviously be very easy to like those who are already familiar with and happy with the way Wes Anderson explores the darkness of life through a comic storytelling way and a very beautiful visual display. Even so, those who are not or at all familiar with Anderson's storytelling style also seem to be easy to fall in love with this film. Anderson and Roman Coppola managed to present a love story that can feel so warm without ever presenting it as a cliche romance drama presentation. Also supported by the excellent appearance of the ranks of the acting department of this film, Moonrise Kingdom is able to present as a presentation with a story that is so strong as well as entertaining.


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Moonrise Kingdom (Indian Paintbrush/American Empirical Pictures/Moonrise/Scott Rudin Productions, 2012) Moonrise Kingdom (Indian Paintbrush/American Empirical Pictures/Moonrise/Scott Rudin Productions, 2012)


Moonrise Kingdom (2012)


Directed by Wes Anderson Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven M. Rales, Scott Rudin Written by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman , Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Lucas Hedges, Charlie Kilgore, Andreas Sheikh, Chandler Frantz, Rob Campbell, LJ Foley, Gabriel Rush, Tommy Nelson, Larry Pine Music by Alexandre Desplat Cinematography Robert D. Yeoman Editing by Andrew Weisblum Studio Indian Paintbrush/American Empirical Pictures/Moonrise/Scott Rudin Productions Running time 94 minutes Country United States Language English

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