Moonrise Kingdom

14 Jun

Brimming with eccentric charm and whimsy, Moonrise Kingdom − about
star-crossed pre-teens, Sam and Suzy − is a joy to watch. The film follows the pair of misfits as they each run away from troubled home lives (or scout camp, in Sam’s case) and journey across their tiny island to be together. It’s got camping and boy scouts, portable record players and 60s pop, first kisses and dancing on the beach and a very cute tangerine a-line dress. Now I don’t know about you, but that is pretty much everything I’ve been looking for in a film this summer.

What’s more, Moonrise Kingdom is tinged with just the right amount of melancholy − Sam’s foster parents reject him, Suzy’s parents are sleeping in separate beds, the motley crew of scouts and oddballs that make up the island’s search party (including Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton, no less) are rather disfunctional, and all this plays out against the impending threat of an epic storm. Beautiful, warm, nostalgic.

x Loulou

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