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Moonrise Kingdom [Blu-ray]
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 17.15 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 181.44 Grams
- Item model number : 2509
- Director : Wes Anderson
- Media Format : NTSC, Collector's Edition, Subtitled, AC-3, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
- Run time : 1 hour and 33 minutes
- Release date : Sept. 22 2015
- Actors : Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Video Service Corp.
- ASIN : B00W6OFHLK
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,728 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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An island off the New England coast, summer of 1965. Two twelve-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As local authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore . . . Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young couple on the run, Bruce Willis as Island Police Captain Sharp, Edward Norton as Khaki Scout troop leader Scout Master Ward, and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as Suzy's attorney parents, Walt and Laura Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban. The magical soundtrack features the music of Benjamin Britten.
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Moonrise Kingdom (Blu-ray)
An island off the New England coast, summer of 1965. Two twelve-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As local authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore... Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young couple on the run, Bruce Willis as Island Police Captain Sharp, Edward Norton as Khaki Scout troop leader Scout Master Ward, and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as Suzy’s attorney parents, Walt and Laura Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban. The magical soundtrack features the music of Benjamin Britten.
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My favorite bonus features are the insane commentary track featuring a bunch of participants and the twenty-minute making of doc (in French with subtitles - even though the narrator speaks very good English, because that's how Wes Anderson wanted it).
The booklet (designed after the Khaki Scouts monthly magazine, Indian Corn - with its learned essay and comments by kids of Sam and Suzy's age), the map and the cast photo are also very cool.
Set in a dreamy version of 1960s rural New England, the film follows two troubled children (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, both terrific young performers) who run off on an adventure, convinced of their love for each other, with an assortment of frazzled adults in pursuit. Centering the film on these two extraordinarily self-confident and self-knowing children proves to be a stroke of genius for Anderson; his highly stylized dialogue has never felt more-suited to its subject. The contrast between the deadpan idealism of the youth and the world-weary adults is engaging and illustrative, and leads to some fascinating dynamics, particularly between Gilman’s Sam and the lonely middle-aged cop played excellently by Bruce Willis (very much against type). The scenes with the two young lovers together in their idyllic “moonrise kingdom” of the title manage to be both sweet and oddly honest about two kids just starting to explore sexuality.
But enough of that thematic analysis: "Moonrise Kingdom"’s greatest asset is that it is extraordinarily funny. Anderson’s dialogue is at its sharpest, and every castmember, down to the supporting child actors playing Sam’s fellow scouts, seems to know precisely how to deliver it.
This being a Wes Anderson film, it goes without saying that the production and costume design, cinematography, score, and other technical aspects are choreographed and stylized with an intricate skill born out of rigorous artistic conviction. Anderson and his collaborators know exactly what they are doing, and they bring this world to life in a manner that feels effortless, belying all the work that must have gone into it. I’d gladly live my whole life within the picturesque world created on the island of New Penzance. The film was sadly overlooked by the Academy Awards, save a screenplay nomination, but two of the key people involved here, production designer Adam Stockhausen and composer Alexandre Desplat, would go on to take home Oscars for their work on Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel", and others would earn nominations.
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Reviewed in Mexico on October 2, 2019
Wes Anderson’s indie coming of age comedy Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is a beautifully shot, 93 dreamy minutes of Summer bliss! Moonrise Kingdom carries a similar vibe to Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, or Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. Wes Anderson’s direction is phenomenal as he realistically tells a sweet romance drama surrounded by a silly indie comedy full of heart. Anderson directs with such empathy for kids and misfits. Moonrise Kingdom might very well be Wes’ greatest picture.
It’s all sunny yellow to offset Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola’s story about loneliness and dejection. Anderson and Coppola write a tale of a bullied, unpopular, misunderstood, orphaned, beige boy scout who finds his first love. Their writing makes Moonrise Kingdom a fun camp journey as well as an affectionate romantic coming of age tale that I know all audiences will relate back to their youth. They put themselves in the shoes of troubled children and stressed out parents. Kids that are different should not be left alone, but rather Moonrise Kingdom asserts they should be nurtured into the unique people they are at heart.
Jared Gilman is great as the disadvantaged boy in love named Sam Shakusky. Kara Hayward is wonderful as the dejected Suzy Bishop. They have nice chemistry together as kids in love. Sam is fun with his erratic behavior, sudden violence, and creative survival skills. Kara is adorable as Suzy with her interesting, expressive eyes and forlorn persona. They’re both amazing leads for Moonrise Kingdom.
Alexandre Desplat’s score is magical, mysterious, whimsical, and wonderful like any great Wes Anderson film score. Desplat captures the adventurous spirit of childhood with the romantic tenderness of a coming of age romance drama. Wes Anderson sure loves his yellow as Adam Stockhausen’s cute production design is all yellow everything. Kasia Walicka-Maimone’s costumes for Moonrise Kingdom are all adorable. Cheery yellow scout uniforms, pink dresses, and clean white shirts as far as the eye can see.
Robert Yeoman’s cinematography for Moonrise Kingdom is his finest camerawork yet! Stunning natural wide shots of greenery like forests and fields match the quaint yellow uniforms, tents, and oars. The blue shots of the lake are probably the most breathtaking shots in Moonrise Kingdom aside from Yeoman’s close-up shots of awe struck faces. Andrew Weisblum’s editing is slick with very neat cuts. He gives Moonrise Kingdom a pleasant pace with steady cuts that keep the movie engaging.
Edward Norton gives his kindest performance as Scout Master Randy Ward. His gentle attempts to understand the boys in his care comes across as genuine and sweet. He’s very funny here as a worried man desperately trying to figure out what to do. Bruce Willis is phenomenal as the sad Police Captain Sharp. His sorrowful, yet caring performance is very likable. Moonrise Kingdom is honestly some of the finest acting Norton and Willis ever committed.
Bill Murray is hilarious as the lonely Mr. Bishop. He has several fantastic scenes with a stern and distressed Frances McDormand as Mrs. Bishop. Tilda Swinton is fun as the unfeeling Social Services lady. Harvey Keitel is amazing as the gruff and tough Scout Commander Pierce. I like Jason Schwartzman as the funny, blunt Cousin Ben. Bob Balaban makes for a quirky narrator to move things along. All the other scout boys are fun, especially the snarky Redford played by a young Lucas Hedges.
In conclusion, Moonrise Kingdom was the first Wes Anderson feature I ever saw and to this day it’s still my favorite film of his I’d say.