This 2012 movie is set in 1965 New England. Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) is a 12 year old boy who has decided that he no longer wants to be a Khaki Scout. A year earlier, Sam had met Susy (Kara Hayward) a troubled girl. They become pen-pals and decide to run away together. All of the action of the story takes place three days before a hurricane threatens to hit the island they are on.

This is billed as a coming of age film but it also has subtle comic elements. The actors show little emotion in their characterizations, but this works for this type of film. In fact, when someone displays an emotion, it is usually anger which can surprise the viewer. One of the things that I found funny was when Susy’s mother (Frances McDermand) calls her children down for dinner, she uses a megaphone. I, personally, thought it was a great idea.

Susy’s father (Bill Murray) is a lawyer, like his wife, and their marriage is developing cracks because his wife is seeing the island sheriff (Bruce Willis). Edward Norton, who plays the Scoutmaster, is great as a man who thinks he has everything under control, but finds out otherwise. Tilda Swinton is excellent as the unnamed character “Social Services”.

The rest of the kids in the scout troop are also good and quirky.  There is not much violence or foul language in the movie. The photography was very interesting and was well done considering that it only took about two months to film. I give this 4 out of 5 stars for the great story line and photography. Jared Gilman was nominated for a Young Actor award and even though the movie had a limited release it did very well.

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2 Thoughts on “StevenF Review of Moonrise Kingdom

  1. Remmy2013 on October 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm said:

    This is great movie with all those big name stars, and it is better than you say! Love, action adventure (love n the right places) Mean bad guys that really are not bad at all, no goofiness like in most kids movies, and what impressed me is that they actually used kids of the right age instead of twenty or thirty year olds.

    The cast was excellent. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, but I would like to see a remake of this with modern photography.

  2. pauly10 on October 21, 2017 at 6:43 am said:

    What a funny movie and the acting was good. The two main characters played good parts and the scene on the beach made me laugh so much.
    I would rate it 4 out of 5.

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