Moonrise Kingdom Blu-ray Review

Monday, October 29, 2012


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 became available onto Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet, on DVD, On Demand and on Digital Download on October 16, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. 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.

Moonrise Kingdom is a film by Wes Anderson, who had deftly made a name in cinema through emotion and adventure filled quests of self-discovery and fantasy. Moonrise Kingdom follows suit and feels genuine to his style of setting and progression. This tale is a dramatic comedy that will push the limits of what you thought was possible in children, without pushing the limits of what is possible.

This film focuses on to pre-teens who are very much in love and mature beyond their age. The two children’s relationship is as old as can be expected for their age. They started as pen pals and it evolved from there. Suzy has troubled (or troubling) parents that are very much uninvolved, along with that, she has to deal with 3 brothers and no sisters. Sam is a former scout and has lost touch with the group but is in touch with himself to a degree that most boys are not. The two run away together, their ultimate destination is a lovely cove, far and away from their day-to-day drama. They dub the cove “Moonrise Kingdom” hence the name of the film. Their journey is the meat and potatoes of the film. They face obstacles that range from natural to human-made and their endearing care for each other helps them weather the storm, both metaphorically and literally, as a huge storm is closing in on them.

This movie boasts some pretty impressive backdrops and supporting characters. Edward Norton, whom I have always loved, takes the role of the scout leader. He is devilishly hard to put up with, a role he performs quite well when called to do so. Bill Murray and Bruce Willis lend their acting chops as well. Jason Shwartzman is included in the cast, bringing his unique qualities to the story.
This movie is very critically acclaimed and lights up the screen with a certain charm that can only be found in a Wes Anderson film. Check it out on blu-ray or DVD. The film is one-of-a-kind and deserves to be seen by anyone who enjoys cinema.
Where to purchase: You are able to purchase Moonrise Kingdom (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) from Amazon and local retailers for $19.99. 

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