Review: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom

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To celebrate the beginning of the new season, we’ve decided to go big and bold by screening Wes Anderson’s modern classic Moonrise Kingdom (2012) at Market Hall, located in downtown Peterborough at 140 Charlotte Street.

The screening is absolutely free and the venue is reminiscent of the good old movie theatre that we all know and love, so come on out!

Director Wes Anderson, who has garnered worldwide acclaim for his quirky, humanistic comedies, presents a story about childhood exploration, self-expression, rebellion, and romance. Following the adventures and mishaps of 12 year-old Sam Shakusky (an outcast orphan and boy scout filled with top secret plans) and Suzy Bishop (a bookworm with an affinity for creativity), Anderson creates a magical fantasy world minus the wand-waving one might find in a Harry Potter film.

Fan-favourite critic Roger Ebert notes that the film has a sense of “magical realism,” by which he alludes to the eclectic colour palette of the film, as well as the off-the-walls tone and setting where Anderson creates his fictional American summer camp island: New Penzance.

Always full of surprises and comedic twists, Moonrise Kingdom never shies from witty dialogue and snappy characters. The supporting roles (played by Willis, Norton, Murray, and others) may not receive as much screen time as the two budding preteen lovers, however, Anderson ensures that their appearances are both humourous and memorable.

If you’re looking for classy entertainment, Moonrise Kingdom is the film to see.