Moonrise Kingdom Movie Review


Maxwell Sauers, Reporter

As the season of the Oscars and the Grammys comes, many directors have been favored, like Wes Anderson, who has been nominated many times for his unique film style. His 2012 movie Moonrise Kingdom is especially proof of this.

The film is beautifully shot, with striking colors, symmetrical compositions, and whimsical set design—all hallmarks of Anderson’s films. Moonrise Kingdom is a state mark for indie movies and ultimately established Anderson’s career as a world-renowned director. It features a talented cast that includes Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and Bill Murray.

The film follows the story of Sam and Suzy, two 12-year-olds in love who decide to run away together. They escape into the wilderness, and the island’s inhabitants, including Sam’s fellow Khaki Scout Troop and Suzy’s parents, launch a search party to find them. The Bishops (Suzy’s family) are a conservative family that is very strict with their daughter and does not understand their relationship. As the search intensifies, the adults struggle to understand the children’s relationship and the depth of their feelings for each other. 

The movie is an excellent representation of the characters’ feelings and their ups and downs. Moonrise Kingdom explores issues such as first love, coming-of-age, and the tension between conformity and individuality. The film also touches on more serious topics such as trauma, loss, and the limitations of adult authority. It’s rare that a kids movie touches on such sensitive topics. Moonrise Kingdom is definitely a film everyone should watch because these lessons are important for everyone to learn from and apply to everyday life.