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Moonrise Kingdom

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Star Rating: 
7 out of 10

Camping just got a whole lot more twee

The Pitch: Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), two adolescent misfits, run away together. All the adults around them (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton) fret.

What It Really Is: A Wes Anderson movie. Moonrise Kingdom feels a lot like one of the YA adventure books Suzy is always reading come to life — the sets and costumes are quirky, the adults are comically exaggerated and the glue holding it all together is a coming-of-age tale. If you walk in expecting The Avengers or Batman, you will be disappointed. This is the same Anderson you either love or hate, but the movie succeeds where some of his others fail because the tone makes perfect sense in a 12-year-old’s world and the main characters still feel like actual people.

The MVP Award (Age 18-65 Category) Goes To: Edward Norton. We know the mid- to late ‘00s were a rough time for Eddie, so it’s nice to see him being relevant again.

How Has Tilda Swinton Never Been in a Wes Anderson Movie Before? This is a serious question. She is the oddest of the oddballs, and never snuck into Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums? Maybe she was too busy sewing together some velour Oscar outfits. Ready-Made Press Blurb: “Wes Anderson is the King of the cinema castle!”

Who’s It For: Boy Scout drop-outs, Wes Anderson disciples, girls who wore way too much eye make-up in their pre-teen days

Studio: Focus Features