Bookended by Benjamin Britten’s stirring “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” this is the most subtle, supple, deftly stylized fantasy from Wes Anderson. It happens on an island where scouting sets the tone of life. Brainy, dreamy kids (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) flee camp and home to share a wee romance and adventures as they trek an old trail. It feels like James Thurber in a canoe looking for Huck Finn, or Groucho Marx chasing Tinkerbell. A terrific score and sly, softly whimsical design help the '30s-to-'60s ambience. Bored, jaded, or fussy adults are no match for bright kids, finding growth and liberation while still in the wonder spell of childhood, and the funny weirdness works. With Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban. 2012.

4.0 stars

— David Elliott

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Comments

Ursula July 24, 2012 @ 7:56 p.m.

This was a really boring movie. The casting and sets were very nice, the script dialog was so boring I needed a triple espresso to stay awake. I've heard more interesting dialog listening to my husband talk in his sleep. Do not waste your money seeing this movie in a theater, don't even waste a dollar renting it at a Redbox machine. Wait till it appears on TCM and watch it during the commercials of any other show your watching, it moves so slow you will have no trouble keeping up with the plot.

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MovieHound Oct. 7, 2012 @ 7:44 a.m.

I categorically disagree with the review submitted by Ursula. In support of my opinion that this is a virtually perfect little movie is the fact that it has remained in theatres for several months and made a bunch of money. I have paid full price to see it twice and have received words of thanks from more than a dozen friends that saw it on my recommendation and were delighted. It is a charming period piece fantasy that compares favorably to 'Cinema Paradiso', one of my other all-time favorite movies. While visiting Tucson recently, I began to tell a friend that rarely goes to movie theatres about this film. During my prologue he interrupted me by saying, "Do you mean 'Moonrise Kingdom'? I have taken my girlfriend to see it three times in the past two weeks." This film may not be for everyone, but it truly deserves its 4 star rating.

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