On Monday, Memorial Day, Carla and I went for brunch at David Burke’s Burke in the Box in Bloomingdale’s on Lexington Avenue. After eating, we decided that it was best to preempt the more-than-likely onset of a food coma (or “the itis”) by walking back to the West Side. While strolling through Central Park, we kicked around the idea of seeing a movie. I checked my phone to see what was showing at the Lincoln Plaza Cindema (indie movies), as well as the Lowes Lincoln Center, both on Broadway. None of the movies at the indie theater really jumped out at us, so I checked what was playing at the Lowes. We really weren’t in the mood for Men In Black 3 (4? 12? I can’t remember which installment it’s up to.) I saw the Moonrise Kingdom on the list. I usually keep up with movie releases, but I had not heard of this movie.
I gave the condensed synopsis a quick glance.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down – which might not be such a bad thing. Bruce Willis plays the town sheriff; two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton is cast as a camp leader; Academy Award nominee Bill Murray and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents; the cast also includes Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. The young boy and girl are played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.
The plot looked good, and the cast definitely piqued our interest. Check out the official trailer for the movie.
We decided to see the 2:35 screening, and I am so glad that we did. What a great movie! The acting is great, and the cinematography is rich. The movie pulls you in. It’s quirky, touching, and funny. If you are looking for a good movie, I would highly recommend Moonrise Kingdom if it’s in a theater near you. Click here to find out where Moonrise Kingdom is showing.
If you’ve seen Moonrise Kingdom, or go see it, please let me know what you thought in the comments.