A new review from The Movie Snob.
Moonrise Kingdom (B). Quirky director Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) returns with a quirky tale of young love between a couple of 12-year-old misfits, Sam and Suzy. Suzy lives on a smallish island with her dysfunctional family, and Sam is an orphan in foster care. Via flashback, we learn that they met cute a year earlier, became penpals, and hatched a scheme to run away together when Sam’s scout troop is on the island for a camping trip. Once their disappearance is discovered, search parties are formed by the various semi-competent adults who are available–the earnest scoutmaster (Edward Norton, The Painted Veil), Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray, Ghostbusters; Frances McDormand, Fargo), the island’s policeman (Bruce Willis, Surrogates)–and quirky adventures ensue. The relationship between Sam and Suzy is easily the movie’s strongest point, and Anderson makes it touching while keeping it believable. Sam and Suzy’s affection is genuine, but it doesn’t keep them from hurting each other’s feelings once in a while. The supporting elements are not as strong. Stuff is odd without actually being funny, Murray’s character in particular is way underdeveloped, and using a hurricane as a plot element seems like overkill. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the movie as a whole. It made me wonder what happened to that one particular girl who transferred into my elementary school at the beginning of 5th grade, didn’t come back for 6th grade, and in between made me get the worst grades in conduct I ever got….