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Moonrise Kingdom: a movie critics are calling “extraordinary from start to finish”

Published on October 18, 2012 by in New Releases

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A star-studded and visually stunning box office hit, and a tale of first love directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore), Focus Features’ MOONRISE KINGDOM is available to rent now.

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom follows two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness.  As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.

Charming screen newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward star alongside Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Academy Award® nominees Edward Norton (American History X) and Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), Academy Award® winners Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), and Bob Balaban (Gosford Park).   Moonrise Kingdom is a movie that critics are calling “extraordinary from start to finish” (Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies).

“The paint-tube-pure hues of MOONRISE KINGDOM evoke picture books but also reinforce subtle connections between the characters….MOONRISE KINGDOM has a spontaneity and yearning that lend an easy comic rhythm…” (Film Comment)

3.5 stars out of 4 — “Literate, melancholy and magical, MOONRISE KINGDOM is quintessential Wes Anderson…” (USA Today)

“[A] warm and funny fable about kids on the cusp….Here the writer-director’s tendency toward the allegorical casts a magical spell with Anderson finding a near perfect balance between the humanism and the surreal that imprints all of his work…” (Los Angeles Times)

“[T]he hilarious and heartfelt MOONRISE KINGDOM is a consistent pleasure. By evoking the joys and terrors of childhood, it reminds us how to be alive.” (Rolling Stone)

4 stars out of 5 — “The director of quirky fare with a rabid cult-like following has made a charming, magical and really funny new work about two unique young kids discovering love…it’s the director’s most accessible movie yet.” (Box Office)

“[B]eguiling and endearing….[The] new film, in radiant live-action, is very much its own creation…” (Wall Street Journal)

3.5 stars out of 4 — “The success of MOONRISE KINGDOM depends on its understated gravity….What happens in a fantasy can be more involving than what happens in life, and thank goodness for that.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“MOONRISE KINGDOM breezes along with a beautifully coordinated admixture of droll humor, deadpan and slapstick.” (New York Times)

“MOONRISE KINGDOM, like all of Anderson’s films, has been made with a master miniature-cabinetmaker’s care and specificity…” (Movieline)

“Anderson hasn’t lost his puckishly charming genius for cinema-as-diorama visuals…” (Entertainment Weekly)

4 stars out of 5 — “The watery colours and artful compositions delight in details….The return of a distinct voice in wry, refined and high style.” (Total Film)

“MOONRISE KINGDOM is very funny, possibly Wes Anderson’s funniest film since RUSHMORE…” (Sight and Sound)

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