Wes Anderson makes me nostalgic for things I’d forgotten, or possibly never even knew existed.
I never forlornly peered through a pair of binoculars at my window, as the 12-year-old heroine of Moonrise Kingdom does, but I related to her solitary vigil nonetheless. Trapped in a house with only younger brothers and lawyer parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) so emotionally remote they address each other as “counselor” and sleep in separate twin beds, young Suzy (Kara Hayward) is restless, dreamy, itching for a way out.
So when she meets fellow old soul Sam (Jared Gilman), a nature scout and orphan who wears a coonskin cap and smokes a pipe—he’s, not surprisingly, reviled by his fellow scouts—they instantly recognize each other as kindred spirits and conspire to run away together.
As the film starts, the scout master (an earnest Edward Norton, all sorts of adorable) notices that Sam is missing. He launches a search party aided by his troops—they’re all secretly thrilled to be putting their scout training to actual use. He also enlists the help of the town sheriff (Bruce Willis), who happens to be having an affair with Suzy’s mother.
As always, Anderson crams his film...