x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Moonrise Kingdom sees Wes Anderson at his most nostalgic

In 1965, two young pen pals decide to run away together.

Moonrise Kingdom
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis
****

The year is 1965 and a pair of 12-year-olds from a tiny US island community have disappeared. But Boy Scout Sam Shakusky (Gilman) and local girl Suzy Bishop (Hayward) haven't been abducted – the pair, who met a year earlier and became pen pals, have eloped. Little do the hopeful duo know that a once-in-a-generation storm is heading for the region.

The latest indie comedy from Anderson is his most nostalgic and detailed to date, but it's also a film that works hard for its laughs, finding humour in not just the disaffection of adults, but the wide-eyed optimism of youth, too.

With a central relationship as beautifully constructed as Sam and Suzy's, it hardly matters that the cast is underutilised.