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Push Start Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Vicki Dolley writes: "Moonrise Kingdom feels at its core almost like Let the Right One In – minus vampires and Sweden and as directed by Wes Anderson. It follows two socially outcast 12 year-olds in 1965 New England: Sam (Jared Gilman), a member of Khaki boy scouts, and Suzy (Kara Hayward), a troubled young girl with an occasional penchant for violence and stealing library books. The two lovers decide to run away together, prompting an island-wide search involving police captain Sharp (Bruce Willis), the Khaki Scout Master Randy Ward (Edward Norton) and Suzy’s parents Walt (Bill Murray) and Laura (Frances McDormand). It has everything one can expect from a Wes Anderson film’s mise-en-scene: retro yellow/earth toned colour grading, centred shots, horizontal panning. It also includes trademark deadpan line delivery, 1960s music, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman – the only thing missing from the usual package is the Futura-titled font. The mise-en-scene works better in this film more so than any of Anderson’s previous films due to it being set in the 1960s (in his other works this felt more like a quirky stylistic future that was interesting but perhaps a little out of its time, feeling a little jarring on occasion). It really immerses one into the style of the 1960s through a child’s eyes, with a colour mix as bright as a crayon set. The cinematography – in particular, shot composition – is beautiful."

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