Sunday, June 17, 2012
In Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), both 12, fall in love and run off together after meeting at a local play and corresponding for a year. Sam is an outcast at his "khaki scouts" camp on a New England island and the child of indifferent foster parents. Suzy lives nearby with her estranged lawyer parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) and three younger brothers, and is viewed as a problem child.
Sam, with his camping gear, and Suzy, with her luggage and fantasy books, activate their plan to meet in a field and set off into the wilderness, to the chagrin of Sam's scoutmaster (Edward Norton), the local sheriff (Bruce Willis), Suzy's parents and a social services official (Tilda Swinton), who is determined to put Sam in an orphanage. The two benefit from Sam's training in camping, yet also face a number of challenges, including the one posed by the searchers, who aim to take them away from the refuge they find in each other. They're earnest, adventurous and courageous, and their escapades resonate with the imaginative adventure tales that Suzy loves. Anderson, who directed "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Darjeeling Limited," has created another delightful, offbeat film that puts its faith in those who don't quite fit in.