Wednesday, July 4, 2012

This Week's Hot Ticket - Moonrise Kingdom

Everything about this movie, set in 1965, is quirky, odd and totally engaging. I knew I loved this film right from the opening scenes where director Wes Anderson gives us a sort of cursory introduction to important as well as minor characters by tracking horizontally and then vertically through the New England island summer home (a peculiar old lighthouse) of the Bishop family. Parents Walt (Bill Murray) and Laura (Frances McDormand) could not be any colder nor more disengaged from each other, and from their four children, but in an oddly comical way.
We learn that twelve-year-old daughter Suzy (Kara Hayward)  had met a sort of kindred spirit in young Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) on the island the previous summer, and the two odd ducks had been writing to each other from the autumn through the spring, hatching a plan to meet again when suzy's family returns for another summer on the island and Sam returns for another summer at scout camp. When they run away together to live in the island wilderness, Sam brings an extensive kit of camping equipment, while Suzy brings six favorite storybooks, stolen from the public library, and a portable record player, stolen from her younger brother.
Sam's consummate skillfulness as a "Khaki Scout" enables him to MacGyver anything the two need as they set out through the back-country, and provides some very funny moments as the two make their way toward a secluded cove tucked away in a far corner of the island. When a storm off the coast escalates to near-hurricane proportions and the forecast turns dire, finding the two run-aways becomes urgent. The police (Bruce Willis as Captain Sharp) and the officious Scout Master (Edward Norton) practically compete against the parents in the search for the kids.
Production Designer Adam Stockhausen has created a unique look for this film, and the costume designs of Kasia Walicka-Maimone add to that look and the general eccentricity of the production. Wonderful, poignant performances of the two young stars further elevate a terrific script by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. Critically acclaimed, this
is the best-reviewed film of the year to date. Don't miss it.
Playing only through Thursday, July 5th, with an extra matinee at 3:15 on the 4th of July, at the new Waters Edge Cinema, found on the 2nd floor of the Whalers Wharf at
237 Commercial Street. Phone 508 487-FILM (3456) for more show times. 


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