Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Frances McDormand
So what if writer-director Wes Anderson always makes the same kind of quirky little comedy? When they're as superbly made as Moonrise Kingdom, there should be no reason to complain, haters-especially since this might be the best of Anderson's illustrious 16-year career.
Set in 1965, Moonrise Kingdom feels more like a fable come to life than a traditional movie. The perfectly cast young duo of Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play an orphaned boy scout and an eccentric dreamer, respectively, who, guided by a shared first-time love, run away from their homes and cause a formidable cast of grade-A actors (including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Bill Murray) to drop everything and search for them. Bizarre shenanigans, tender (and somehow not creepy) kiddie romance, and unpredictable storytelling ensue. —MB