Sunday, July 28, 2013

Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, and starring an ensemble cast.[3][4] Filming took place in Rhode Island from April until June 29, 2011.[5][6] Worldwide rights to the independently produced film were acquired by Focus Features.[5] The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for anAcademy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.[7]


Plot[edit]

In early September 1965, on an idyllic New England island called New Penzance, 12-year-old orphan Sam Shakusky is attending a Khaki Scout summer camp, Camp Ivanhoe, led by Scout Master Randy Ward. Suzy Bishop, also 12, lives on the island with her attorney parents – Walt and Laura – and three younger brothers in a house called Summer's End. Sam and Suzy, both introverted, intelligent, and mature for their age, met in the summer of 1964 during a church performance of Noye's Fludde and have been pen palssince then. Having fallen in love over the course of their correspondence, they have made a secret pact to reunite and run away together. Sam brings camping equipment, and Suzy brings her binoculars, six books, her cat, and her brother's battery-poweredrecord player. They hike, camp, and fish together in the wilderness with the goal of reaching a secluded cove on the island. They are confronted by a group of Khaki Scouts who try to capture them, and during the resulting altercation Suzy injures one of the scouts with scissors and Camp Ivanhoe's dog is killed by a stray shot from a bow and arrow wielded by one of the scouts. The scouts flee, and Sam and Suzy hike to the cove, which they name Moonrise Kingdom. After setting up camp there, they go swimming and converse about their various interests. Later, while dancing to Françoise Hardy music in their underwear, they share a kiss.
floatplane, Suzy's parents, Scout Master Ward, the scouts from Camp Ivanhoe, and Island Police Captain Duffy Sharp – who has been having an affair with Suzy's mother Laura – soon find Sam and Suzy in their tent at the cove. Suzy's parents take her home and forbid her seeing Sam again. Sam – whose foster parents no longer wish to house him – stays with Captain Sharp while they await the arrival of Social Services, whose representative plans to place Sam in a "juvenile refuge" and to explore the possibility of treating him with electroshock therapy. After discovering that Suzy knows about her relationship with Captain Sharp, Laura Bishop breaks off the affair. The scouts at Camp Ivanhoe, who were previously unkind to Sam, decide it is their duty to help the young lovers run away again. Suzy, Sam, and the other scouts – pursued the next morning by Scout Master Ward when he awakens to discover his entire troop missing from the camp – paddle to neighboring St. Jack Wood Island to seek out the help of Cousin Ben, an older relative of one of the scouts. Cousin Ben works at Fort Lebanon, a larger Khaki Scout summer camp located on St. Jack Wood Island and run by Commander Pierce, who is Scout Master Ward's boss and views Ward as incompetent. Cousin Ben decides that the best available option is to try to get Sam and Suzy aboard a crabbing boat anchored off the island so that Sam can work as a crewman and avoid Social Services; he also performs a ceremony, which he admits is not legally binding, in which the preteen Sam and Suzy get "married" in order to stay together forever. Sam and Suzy never make it onto the crabbing boat, and instead are pursued by Suzy's parents, Captain Sharp, Social Services, and the scouts of Fort Lebanon under the command of Scout Master Ward, who displays great leadership after Commander Pierce is incapacitated.
A violent hurricane and flash flood strike and, after many twists and turns, Captain Sharp apprehends Sam and Suzy on the steeple of the church in which they first met while the storm rages around them. The steeple is destroyed by lightning, but everyone survives. The hurricane, which strikes only three days after Sam and Suzy first ran away from home, erases the Moonrise Kingdom cove from the coast of New Penzance Island. During the storm, Sharp decides to become Sam's legal guardian, saving Sam from the orphanage and the possibility of electroshock therapy and allowing him to remain on the island and maintain contact with Suzy. At Summer's End, Sam paints a landscape of the cove as it appeared before the hurricane, including the campsite they pitched there, and then slips out the window to ride home with Captain Sharp as Suzy and her brothers are called to dinner, saying he will see Suzy again the next day.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Locations[edit]

Google Earth was used for initial location scouting, according to director Anderson,
We had to figure out where we were shooting this movie—in Canada or Michigan or New England ... ? We started out with "Where is this girl [Suzy’s] house, and where is the naked wildlife we want?" So [after Googling], we traveled around a bit, to Cumberland Island in Georgia, to the Thousand Islands on the New York/Ontarioborder ... we checked out all these locations.[9]
A house in the Thousand Islands region in New York was used as the model for the interior of Suzy’s house on the set built for the movie. Conanicut Island Light, a decommissioned Rhode Island lighthouse, was used for the exterior.[9]

Fictitious books and maps[edit]

In the film, 12-year-old Suzy packs six (fictitious) storybooks she stole from the public library. Six artists were commissioned to create the jacket covers for the books, and Wes Anderson wrote passages for each of the books. Suzy is shown reading aloud from three of the books during the film. Anderson had considered incorporating animation for the reading scenes, but chose to show her reading with the other actors listening spellbound. In April 2012, Anderson decided to animate all six books and use them in a promotional video in which Bob Balaban, who plays the film’s narrator, introduces the segment for each of these imaginary books.[10]
On designing the maps for the fictitious New Penzance Island and St. Jack Wood Island, director Anderson said, "It’s weird because you’d think that you could make a fake island and map it, and it would be a simple enough matter, but to make it feel like a real thing, it just always takes a lot of attention."[11] Anderson further stated that the movie
has maps, and it has books, and it has watercolor paintings and needle-points, and a lot of different things that we had to make. And all these things just take forever, but I feel like even if they don’t get that much time [on screen], you kind of feel whether or not they’ve got the layers of the real thing in them.[11]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack features music by Benjamin Britten, a composer notable for his many works for children's voices. At Cannes, during the post-screening press conference, Anderson said that Britten's music
had a huge effect on the whole movie, I think. The movie's sort of set to it. The play of Noye's Fludde that is performed in it—my older brother and I were actually in a production of that when I was ten or eleven, and that music is something I've always remembered, and made a very strong impression on me. It is the colour of the movie in a way.[12]
With many Britten tracks taken from recordings conducted or supervised by the composer himself, the music includes The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra(Introduction/Theme; Fugue), conducted by Leonard BernsteinFriday Afternoons ('Cuckoo'; 'Old Abram Brown'); Simple Symphony ("Playful Pizzicato"); Noye's Fludde (various excerpts, including the processions of animals into and out of the ark, and "The spacious firmament on high"); and A Midsummer Night's Dream ("On the ground, sleep sound").[13]
An original score was composed by Alexandre Desplat, who worked previously with Anderson on The Fantastic Mr. Fox, with percussion compositions by frequent Anderson collaborator Mark Mothersbaugh. The final credits of the film features a deconstructed rendition of Desplat's original soundtrack in the style of Britten's works, accompanied by a child's voice to introduce each instrumental section.[14]

Release[edit]

Director and stars at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
The film premiered on May 16, 2012, as the opening film at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it screened in competition.[15] It was released in French theatres the same day. The American limited release occurred on May 25, and set a record for the best per-theater-average for a non-animated movie by grossing an average of $130,752 in four theaters.[16]
Finishing its theatrical run on November 1, 2012, Moonrise Kingdom grossed $45,512,466 domestically and $22,750,700 in international markets for a worldwide total of $68,263,166.[2]

Home media[edit]

Moonrise Kingdom was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2012.[17] In the United States, the film was released on October 16, 2012 in two formats: a one-disc DVD, and a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack with a digital copy.[18]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Moonrise Kingdom received widespread critical acclaim; review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 94% based on reviews from 214 critics, with an average score of 8.2/10.[19] Review aggregation website Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 84%, based on 43 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[20]
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gives the film 4 stars out of 5, calling it "another sprightly confection of oddities, attractively eccentric, witty and strangely clothed."[21] Christopher Orr of The Atlantic wrote that Moonrise Kingdom "captures the texture of childhood summers, the sense of having a limited amount of time in which to do unlimited things" and is "Anderson's best live-action feature" because "it takes as its primary subject matter odd, precocious children, rather than the damaged and dissatisfied adults they will one day become."[22]
Kristen M. Jones of Film Comment wrote that the film "has a spontaneity and yearning that lend an easy comic rhythm," but it also has a "rapt quality, as if we are viewing the events through Suzy's binoculars or reading the story under the covers by a flashlight."[23]

Best of lists[edit]

Film magazine Sight & Sound listed the film at #7 on its list of best films of 2012.[24] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times named Moonrise Kingdom among the best 10 films of 2012.[25]

Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations
AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
Academy Awards[26]February 24, 2013Best Writing (Original Screenplay)Wes Anderson and Roman CoppolaNominated
American Cinema Editors[27]February 16, 2013Best Edited Feature Film - Comedy or MusicalAndrew WeisblumNominated
American Film Institute[28]December 2012AFI Award for Movie of the YearJeremy Dawson, Scott Rubin, Steven M. Rales, Wes AndersonWon
AFI Film AwardMoonrise KingdomWon
Austin Film Critics Association[29]December 18, 2012Best FilmNominated
Bodil Awards[30]March 16, 2013Best American FilmMoonrise KingdomNominated
British Academy of Film and Television Arts[31]February 10, 2013Original ScreenplayWes Anderson, Roman CoppolaNominated
Broadcast Film Critics AssociationJanuary 10, 2013Best FilmMoonrise KingdomNominated
Best Young PerformerKara HaywardNominated
Best CastMoonrise Kingdom castNominated
Best Original ScreenplayWes AndersonRoman CoppolaNominated
Best ComposerAlexandre DesplatNominated
Cannes Film Festival[32]May 27, 2012Palme d'OrWes AndersonNominated
Golden Globe Awards[7]January 13, 2013Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyMoonrise KingdomNominated
Gotham Awards[33]November 26, 2012Best Ensemble PerformanceMoonrise Kingdom castNominated
Best FeatureMoonrise KingdomWon
Guldbagge Awards[34]January 21, 2013Best Foreign FilmMoonrise KingdomNominated
Independent Spirit Awards[35]February 23, 2013Best CinematographyRobert YeomanNominated
Best DirectorWes AndersonNominated
Best FeatureMoonrise KingdomNominated
Best ScreenplayWes Anderson, Roman CoppolaNominated
Best Supporting MaleBruce WillisNominated
Producers Guild of AmericaJanuary 26, 2013Best PictureScott Rudin & Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven M. RalesNominated
Writers Guild of AmericaFebruary 17, 2013Best Original ScreenplayWes Anderson and Roman CoppolaNominated
San Diego Film Critics Society[36]December 11, 2012Best Original ScreenplayWes Anderson, Roman CoppolaNominated
Best Production DesignAdam StockhausenNominated
Best ScoreAlexandre DesplatNominated
Satellite Awards[37]December 16, 2012Best Original ScreenplayWes Anderson, Roman CoppolaNominated
Best PictureMoonrise KingdomNominated
World Soundtrack Awards[38]October 20, 2012Soundtrack Composer of the YearAlexandre DesplatNominated
Young Artist Awards[39]May 5, 2013Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorJared GilmanNominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressKara HaywardNominated

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