Moonrise Kingdom

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Moonrise Kingdom
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore, and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.

Publisher: [United States] : [Distributed by] EONE FILMS, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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Comment by: Lalibeem Oct 22, 2012

Keep in mind this is not necessarily appropriate viewing material for preteens, early teens.
We only noticed the green "G" on the case and didn't see the PG rating - we ended up turning it off part way through due to content.

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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

With its candy-coloured houses, idyllic seascapes, and quirky citizens who call each other by their first and last names, the tiny island community of New Penzance is like a picture post card come to life.  It's also unbearably dull for anyone yearning for an identity to call their own.  Wallowing in this backwater paean to conformity are pre-teen misfits Suzy, a dreamer whose love of fairy tales is overshadowed by a violent temper; and Sam, an emotionally scarred orphan politely rejected by his foster family and mercilessly bullied by the kids in his Khaki Scouts troupe.  Finding a kindred spirit in each other's company, Sam and Suzy repeatedly try to escape the regimented confines of New Penzance only to be dragged back again and again by well-meaning adults and pathologically obedient boy scouts.  But as their affection for each other deepens they make one last desperate attempt to break free, and in so doing initiate a string of revelations which will forever change their lives and turn New Penzance upside-down.  Like Romeo & Juliet reimagined by Jung and Dr. Seuss, Wes Anderson's delightful storybook of a film exaggerates life's little idiosyncrasies even as its lovestruck protagonists do battle with the forces that threaten to overwhelm.  Brimming with eccentric personalities and outlandish plot devices culminating in a thunderous epiphany of biblical proportions, he brings to life that magical time between childhood and adolescence when wishes give way to reality, a broken heart becomes a mortal wound, and adult motivations become just a tad less mysterious.  Borrowing imagery from sources as varied as Shelley's Frankenstein and Noah's transformative flood set against a soundtrack of classical fugues, it's ultimately all about growing up without growing old

Aug 30, 2014
  • dickalan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really need to give this movie a second (and third, and fourth, etc.) viewing to give it a proper score, as all Wes Anderson movies slowly reveal themselves to you through time (The Life Aquatic went from a “meh” to one of my fifteen favorite movies of all time in the span of about 3-4 years), but what was clear upon first viewing is that this is one of the most accurate and true depictions of budding-adolescence/not-quite-yet-young-adulthood I’ve ever seen on the screen. The line I keep coming back to is, by Sam to Suzy “I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about” in reference to Suzy saying she always wished she was an orphan, like her favorite characters, as their lives are “more special.” Sam and especially Suzy are entering that age where they have to realize their idealized romanticizing of the world isn’t all that relevant or helpful anymore, and even sometimes hurtful and damaging in this new “adult” world they find themselves inevitably hurtling toward, and yet they have to learn to not wholesale discard those parts of themselves, lest they lose themselves wholesale, and instead have to let them remain, but evolve with context and experience. If you forget that part of yourself you become a hardened cynic who will never quite be able to enjoy the tender sweetness’ of life, always looking for the fallout instead of appreciating the apex and the rise to it, and if you let those parts remain but do not constantly attempt to understand and grow them, shape them to fit the new world that reveals itself to you every day, you will become just another childhood trinket unable to connect with your peers, unable to love in the ways we need to be loved as we age, instead choosing to live in the safe bubble of nostalgia and infantilism. It’s a delicate thing us young humans have to do, it’s called “growing up”, and it’s so, so hard to capture on film, and yet, Wes Anderson does, of course.

Aug 30, 2014
  • JDC rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

All style and no real substance. He could of done so much with this, but didn't. Not impressed with the pubescent sexual stuff either. I know kids start early with their exploration, but 12 ? And why kill the dog?

Jun 28, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was my first movie by Director Wes Anderson. He takes and all star cast and gives most of them small parts. Yet they all work wonderfully together. Bill Murray as a worried father when his daughter turns up missing is priceless. The script is great and the cast is equally great. A really unique movie that's also very funny.

Apr 04, 2014
  • lilyofthevalley3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's very funny and quirky. But I don't recommend it for a younger audience due to some content. Perhaps Grade 6 and up.

Mar 24, 2014
  • ashleysears rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this movie, it was a good story, different then a lot of movies out there, every one acted their parts well.

Mar 01, 2014
  • Popsicletoestoo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wes Anderson got it right in this one (so missed it in The Life Aquatic). Great quirky little movie that I will watch again some day.

Feb 24, 2014
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

original stylish charming quirky. really good world to be immersed in

Nov 10, 2013
  • Frank60 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very strange movie with a few interesting features and plot devices. If you have time to see a movie, try something else, unless you really like weird.

Oct 22, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For the first 10 minutes I was not sure what I was watching. But as the films progressed I was captivated by the style in which the story was told. And it was a pretty unique style too. Teenage love normally does not interest me but this film is one exception. This is a very enjoyable comedy. The feel-good ending is a bonus.

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Aug 30, 2014
  • dickalan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 08, 2013
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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Walt Bishop (to Scout Master Randy Ward of the Khaki Scouts): "Hold it RIGHT THERE! You're not leaving this island! Our daughter has been abducted by one of these beige lunatics!"


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