There’s really nothing to review here because I absolutely loved this film. I really can’t think of anything I didn’t enjoy. Even the “lightning scene” was illuminating to me because it mirrored the fantastical novels Suzy would read throughout the film. The film showed not only the power of children’s imagination, but the power they have when working together.
Of course, my favorite element of Wes Anderson’s films mise-en-scene was impeccable. It was like a slice right out of 1965, and I don’t know about anyone else but now I’d really like to live on Penzance Island… And of course the cinematography was delightful, the acting superb, and the story utterly charming.
(You can watch wonderful clips from the film here: http://movieclips.com/8sNtB-moonrise-kingdom-movie-new-penzance-island/17.195/46.858/)
The film centers around an impossible love story between Sam and Suzy, who run away to be together. On the sidelines lies a broken marriage, an affair, summer camps, and an impending storm. All of these elements come together to both conspire against and eventually support Suzy and Sam’s love story.
Throughout the film Anderson employs many homages to other famous directors such as Jean-Luc Godard (and his famous roll-shots), Peter Greenaway, as well as notible art figures such as Canadian artist (Pride!!) Alex Colville’s famous painting “To Prince Edward Island”:
What I loved so much about this film in particular was that the action for once centered around children and focused on their innocence and wonderment with the world, rather than aging adult angry and lethargic with how their life turned out. And while that’s not a critique of any of his other films, this film was just a breath of fresh air from some of the conventions we’ve come to expect from his films.
Final verdict? Would watch again. Over and over.