What if The Royal Tenenbaums met The Goonies? That’s the question Wes Anderson seems to ask in Moonrise Kingdom, a modest hit that nevertheless helped to cement the director’s unmistakably offbeat aesthetic. Relative unknowns Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward star as Sam and Susie, two star-crossed young lovers on the fictional island of New Penzance. Gilman plays a serious-minded boy scout who falls in love with Suzie, a troubled local girl whose parents are mired in a deeply dysfunctional marriage.
The two run away together into the wilderness, triggering a local emergency as the police, the Scouts and Social Services (personified by Tilda Swinton) attempt to track them down. This being a Wes Anderson movie, the peril never rises above mild bemusement, but the two young stars perfectly capture the blend of naïveté and self-serious angst inherent in approaching adolescence.
Friend of the podcast Finn Ross Russell of Passport People joins us this week to break down everything from Edward Norton’s questionable shorts game and Bruce Willis actually making an effort for once to the controversy surrounding the film’s treatment of pre-adolescent romance. He also sticks around to contribute to a few of our regular features, including drinking games, listener submissions and of course, sequel pitches.
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Next week, we’ll be revisiting one of the divisive cinema releases we’ve viewed in the past few years. Until then, happy listening and remember – never take a kitten on a wilderness retreat.