“Moonrise Kingdom”

Once again, we partook of the Santiko Bijou’s menu and movie. The food was good; the movie not so much. “Moonrise Kingdom” was kooky and weird, which we expected from the previews with Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, and Edward Norton. However, there was too much simple dialogue flatly delivered for my taste. Wes Anderson seemed to be striving for the cerebral but only managed to inject bits of drama and some chuckles into blandness. Though the period costuming and sets were well done, mundane and abstract best describe this film for me…

Most of “Moonrise Kingdom” takes place over three autumn days and is set in the 1960s on a scenic New England island, which has no television, radio, or school. One tiny building represents the police station, the post office, and the telephone service for the few inhabitants – a single policeman (Willis), a married couple (Murray and McDormand) with four children, a lonely scout leader (Norton), an unmarried telephone operator, and less than a dozen scouts. Sam (Jared Gilman), an unwanted orphan and unliked scout, and Suzy (Kara Hayward), the misunderstood daughter of the island’s sole family unit, are adolescent soul-mates who plot via letters and easily manage to run away together. Their adventure is surreal and touching, but it takes place on a small island with limited hiding places. Sam does an excellent job of setting up each campsite, they fend well for themselves, and their pleasures are endearing. Although he treats her most solicitously, he does not think to carry her luggage but neither does she expect him to. The scout troop tracks them down, helps turn them in, and then aids them in another escape to a nearby island during a dangerous storm. Island lives become slightly improved. The end.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

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About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealology, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 18 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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