Wes Anderson continues to show that he's one of America's most distinctive directors with the charming Moonrise Kingdom. Recalling similar themes that run through his work like a golden thread (the outsider searching for his true identity, the role of families), Moonrise Kingdom focuses on two missing children and the resulting chaos that ensues. Loner Sam (Jared Gilman) runs away from his Scout camp and goes on an adventure into the wild with the troubled Suzy (Kara Hayward). Meanwhile, the local cop (a game Bruce Willis) contends with Suzy's oddball family and social services to find a solution. Setting the film in 1965 lends the film an air of hip nostalgia, a la French New Wave - but the overall feel of the film is distinctly classic Americana. There are many very funny moments, particularly revolving around the Scout camps. The two young leads acquit themselves well and hold your attention, as their well-drawn characters feel the first pangs of young love. It's very much a Wes Anderson film and if you've seen any of his other films then it's simply required viewing. Highly recommended.
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