Moonrise Kingdom tells an age-old tale. Boy meets girl, boy and girl run away, chaos ensues. The film’s star-studded cast (Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Frances Mcdormand shine most distinctly) are joined by child actors who take the film’s leading roles. Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), two young teens, fall in love and escape from their wildly different homes to be together, thus throwing their families and the local law enforcement into an anarchic chase in director Wes Anderson’s 7th feature film.
That’s no moon. Moonrise Kingdom, like any Wes Anderson film, is very distinct in its aesthetic. From the composition and framing of the shot to the props, costumes, colors and lighting, the visuals maintain a focus and clarity in their delivery more often than not. All this culminates in an unrealistic, magical and picturesque display. That said, the first fifteen minutes are laden with smooth movements and still, symmetrical, frames which quickly devolves into, at times, shaky and blurry shots. While the shakiness in itself (if used well) is not an issue, it appears unrefined and not consistent with the style established in the first fifteen minutes.