Moonrise Kingdom is a small, quirky film that showcases the talents of its two young stars, Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, at the expense of the bigger names involved in the production. The writing (Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola) is intelligent and humorous.
This film also stars Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and the always deadpan Bob Balaban. The rest of the cast is a roster of equally stellar names, including the almost unrecognizable Harvey Keitel.
The story takes place in 1965 near the end of summer on a small island off the coast of New England. A member of a scout troop encamped on the island runs away with a girl who is a resident of the island. With the troop leader (Norton), sheriff (Willis) and her attorney parents (Frances McDormand and Bill Murray) in pursuit, Suzy and Sam make their way across the island. A big storm is brewing, and even Sam’s outstanding wilderness skills may not be enough to protect the couple.
Moonrise Kingdom is funny, sad, and ironic all at once. If you get a chance, go see it.