From the director of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums
Moonrise Kingdom might be Anderson’s purest work yet – a tender tale of longing and melancholy as seen through the eyes of a handful of people on an isolated (fictional) island off the coast of New England.
In September 1965, two 12-year-old pen pals (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) run off together, launching a search that eventually expands to involves her parents (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand), his scout troop (led by Edward Norton, in the Owen Wilson role) and the island’s police captain (Bruce Willis).
It’s Badlands without the murders or Zabriskie Point without the apocalypse. Anderson is working the same themes of messy youthful rebellion, but in an entirely different register – and, arguably, from a more mature perspective. It’s also one of the saddest comedies you’ll ever see, though that’s not a criticism.
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