Movie Review: Moonrise Kindgom

Title: Moonrise Kindgom
Release Date: 2012
Director: Wes Anderson
Summary/Review: Set in 1965 on a fictional, rural island in New England this movie tells the story of a pair of 12-year-old, both outsiders with “behavior problems,” who decide to run away together and the efforts of their community to find them.  This being a Wes Anderson movie it has all the hallmarks of his style – bright colors, symmetry, unusual music choices, and quirky behavior. I tend to waver on whether I like Anderson or not, but I ended up enjoying this movie.  I think it succeeds on the strength of the young actors in the lead roles, Kara Hayward as Suzy and Jared Gilman as Sam, where it could have failed with less authentic acting performances.  Hayward and Gilman even outshine the many big name actors who surround them, including France McDormand and Bill Murray who are either miscast or just underused as Suzy’s parents. The story of the community coming together around the missing children also strikes a nice balance of being sweet without being saccharine and sardonic without being cynical.

Rating: ****