Movie Review by Jack Silbert
With 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson unequivocally proved he could make a film for children. (And now that Maurice Sendak has passed, I can comfortably say that Mr. Fox was a superior kids’ movie to that year’s Where the Wild Things Are.) Ah, but can Mr. Anderson make a movie starring children? And can that movie appeal to children? Moonrise Kingdom joyously answers the first question in the affirmative: This film is an absolute delight—inventive, smart, funny, and sweet. As for the second question, eh, it depends on the kid. But I’ll get back to that.
|Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman|
|Frances McDormand, Bill Murray|
Now what sort of kids might enjoy this movie?
|Ed Norton and the Khaki Scouts|
• Ravenous readers and lovers of adventure stories should find a lot to love here. Suzy runs away with a suitcase full of (made-up) library books which she reads aloud from. Reading and storytelling are celebrated (as are music and drama). And as the plot advances, Sam and Suzy’s journey becomes a real-life adventure, full of arrows, storms, and fireworks.
• If your kid was 9 when Fantastic Mr. Fox came out and totally loved it—really responded to the offbeat humor—this could be a nice next step into Wes Anderson’s universe. Then wait another couple of years for Rushmore.
Ultimately, this could be a great movie to see with the whole family. Even if the kids who will appreciate it the most will probably want to sneak off and see it by themselves.