This coming-of-age Wes Anderson fairytale has all of the elements a really good movie. It’s funny with a touch of tragic. It’s fresh, charmingly romantic and deeply sincere. Extraordinarily beautiful to watch, every frame is a lovely painting we’d love to hang on the wall. As we peek through each window, we can’t wait to go in.
Connecting with the sweetness of Happy/Sad
We smile for all 94 minutes, while rah-rah-rooting for misunderstood SOULMATES –Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman). We experience their desire, their pain and the powerful genuine-ness of FIRST LOVE.
We embrace Sam’s quirks and Suzy’s moments of crazy, because we have our own quirks and moments of crazy. We know what it feels like to be unpopular because even if we weren’t unpopular, there were moments in our lives when we were sure that we were.
We forgive Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) for being so rigid because we know it comes from earnestness. We want to light a fire under Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) so he’ll rise to the occasion the way we hope we would, if we were walking in his shoes — or were they boots? I can’t remember.
What I do remember is loving absolutely everything about MOONRISE KINGDOM and thinking about it a lot… long after the credits.
It’s the kind of film I’d love to be a part of.
I hope Wes Anderson will include me in one of his future movie journeys… and I’m hope that like Suzy, I’ll find my Sam… or if I have found my Sam, I hope he’ll realize it soon…