Moonrise Kingdom

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Awesome! Completely amazing! Breaks all contemporary Hollywood molds of story telling!

That’s exactly what I would say if I were a critic.  In all honesty it is the best movie I have seen in a long time.

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love 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.

This description which can be found on IMDB cannot even begin to describe this movie. This movie breaks all the molds which you have seen recently.  I feel really bad if you don’t get a chance to see this movie.

The movie chronicles the events that take place as a young boy, Sam, runs away with his true love Suzy. It becomes emotional, romantic, and comedic as you identify with, at least at different parts of the picture, each party, yet I wouldn’t classify it as a romantic comedy.

While you watch you may sense or feel you know the outcome of a particular scene, or perhaps, how the whole movie will turn out. I found that I often thought that I had figured the plot line, how it would all end, but I will inform you, without giving away spoilers, that this movie will keep you watching till the very end.

The subject of the movie is pure adolescent love. Everyone remembers their first true love. their first kiss. Perhaps this movie will invoke the same feelings you felt as you passed that first note in class telling your sweetheart to check yes or no. In many stories adapted for film the main characters are always seemingly pushed together, as they were simply “meant to be.”

I think that what most will find in this movie is that this bond between the two main characters is that same feeling that they felt when they experienced love’s first grasp.  It sure did bring me to that place.  I, in my nativity  thought the movie was to be a tragedy and was almost in tears at the end.  Don’t be dismayed. While you’ll get a good resolution out of the story line, it does not fit into the typical ending scenario presented in TV sitcoms or movies today. Moonrise Kingdom’s plot and end follows the exact flow you would expect from the situation. The end of the movie is fitting, to the point, and leaves not cliche feeling of something unresolved (you know; for marketing a squeal).

If you have Netflix or some coin go and put this in your queue or head down to a local retailer and purchase this movie. I rented it via NetFlix. When I’m at our local Target or Best Buy I will be placing this in my cart.  It’s just that good. I cannot stress that this movie is something you will enjoy watching not only for the first time, but every other time you play it.

Hint! Valentines Day is coming up rather quickly.  If you’re planning a romantic night with your significant other and want to watch a romantic movie that, at least for the gentlemen out there, won’t put you to sleep then get Moonrise Kingdom.  You and your partner will not be disappointed!

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3 Responses to Moonrise Kingdom

  1. Liz says:

    Rob and I really enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom as well. But I stand by what I’ve told you already – you NEED to watch Django Unchained!

    • Mike says:

      I’ll see it. I’m probably going to wait for it to come out on BluRay. I’d still like to see Skyfall if it’s still out in the theaters, though I doubt that it’s still playing.

  2. Andrea says:

    This reads like a critic would write but very eloquently put.