Moonrise Kingdom movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Two young lovers run away together, leading to a search party setting out to find them. If you’re a fan of Wes Anderson, this quirky, bright and funny film is for you. This sweet adventure captures life through the young eyes of children.


Two young lovers Sam and Suzy decide to run away together, which leads to a search party setting out to find them.

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Movie details

Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton
Writer: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Release Date (Australia): 30 August 2012
Runtime: 94 minutes/1h 34m
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains a very mild sense of peril throughout, bullying and features the death of a dog.

Violence (PG)

The film contains mild violence in the form of a character shooting an arrow at another character’s arm and a character’s wound after implicitly being stabbed with scissors. These scenes are accompanied by blood detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains the words “son of a bitch”, “bastards”, “damn”, “goddamn” and “hell”.

Nudity (G)

There is a painting of a nude girl climbing into a bathtub, but there is no nudity detail.

Sex (PG)

The film contains verbal references to a boy and girl getting to “third base”, a boy “feeling up” a girl and a verbal reference to a boy having an erection.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for sexual content and smoking)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s quirky, bright and funny, with plenty of charm and nothing too racy to stop younger audiences to watch it, but it’s more of a movie for adults to enjoy rather than kids. Honestly, it would probably be worth waiting until you’re in your 30s to sit back and watch Moonrise Kingdom. By that age, you’ll really be able to see the childishness of the children and the eccentricity of some of the adult characters in the film.

Sam and Suzy are two young, sweet lovers with a very youthful outlook on the world, and they decide to run away together which leads to a search party setting out to find them. It’s a heartfelt romance, comedy and drama, but it will never be seen as perfect by all ages and opinions. It’s a film that exceptionally expresses the perspective of a child, where it’s the end of the world if something goes wrong and a fair amount of grown ups, especially those who grew up before the 2000s will be able to understand it. Young Jared Gilman’s and Kara Hayward’s performances make it work and achieve that feeling.

Looking at the cinematography and camerawork, this movie is also an experience that makes you feel as if you’re looking in an old album of photos taken in the 1960s. The time setting and locations are very brightly and skilfully captured by director/co-writer Wes Anderson, whose fans should be scrambling to see Moonrise Kingdom. It’s an entertaining story with a climatic third act similar Fantastic Mr. Fox, but if you just don’t see the hype in all of this film, be patient or just leave it.

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