A tale of two young lovers running away from their troubles is an all but common tale. However Moonrise Kingdom isn’t just another common tale, not when auteur Wes Anderson gives it his custom look and feel.

Anderson has given us The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore just to name a few. His newest piece Moonrise Kingdom has finally made it to Pittsburgh after being out for well over a month. The visually stunning film is an ode to the preppy New England 1960s in array of brilliant colors and simple designs in a whimsical world.

Now I won’t ruin the film for you, so here’s what I’ll give you. The plot is a simple story of two young kids who escape their realities all in the name of love. When Sam decides to evade his post as a khaki scout a search party looks for the eager boy. Sam who has been writing a distraught Suzy for over a year decides to have her tag along as they fly the coop together.

Suzy and Sam learn a lot about the simplicities of life while on the lam. Obviously Suzy’s parents are upset of the disappearance of their daughter and will do whatever they must to get her back.

The film has an array of A-list celebrities that include Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel and Frances McDormand. Look for Schwartzman to steal the show in all about five minutes towards the end of the movie.

Moonrise Kingdom is defiantly worth seeing. It isn’t Anderson’s best piece and certainly not the funniest. If you’re looking for a feel good artistic cute movie then look no further. Maybe its cliché but love conquers all and for that I give this an 8 out of 10.


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