Moonrise Kingdom Reviews
In this PG-13-rated 1960s-set dramedy , two young lovers (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) make a pact and run away into the wilderness, riling the local townspeople intent on finding them before a violent storm touches down.
The fact that Moonrise Kingdom takes place from a kid's eye-view (as opposed to Rushmore, which took place from an eccentric kid-beyond-his-years) makes this Anderson film a unique confection, tender and warm even amidst the storminess. Despite boasting a marquee cast chock full of bona fide movie stars, Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton beautifully fall into the fabric of this tale and never once overshadow their young players. Like a seasoned troupe, the actors - young and old - comprise this Kingdom equally. If you're willing to fully bask yourself in Anderson's particular rays of Moon-light, the payoff is worth a king's ransom.
Bottom line: Makes Hay While the Moon Shines
The problem comes from the two child actors, and while bad child actors are relatively common, it's unusual here since the bulk (indeed nearly all) of the focus is on them. The only other person that's given any real attention at all, is Bruce Willis' character, and that's contained entirely to one scene (and one that's not very long, either).
All of the adult actors vary from serviceable (from Harvey Keitel to Tilda Swinton) to pretty good (Bruce Willis and Edward Norton), but so little focus is spent on them, they'll unable to lift up the movie as a sort of saving grace, unfortunately.