There's a touch of magic in 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Los Angeles Daily NewsOctober 18, 2012 

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Wes Anderson takes us to another slightly humorous, slightly melancholy, slightly off-kilter world in Moonrise Kingdom.

It's the story of two gifted and sensitive 12-year-olds who run away from the sad world of adults and set up camp on a remote inlet on a New England island called New Penzance. Romantics, Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman) are on the fringes of adolescence. Why they would want to grow up is anybody's guess.

Suzy's parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) think of her as troubled. Sam lives in a foster home with a couple who are planning to return him because they think he's emotionally disturbed.

Anderson shows us enough of the adults' own disturbing emotions, including those of a slightly nutty scoutmaster (Edward Norton), so that you feel relief when the young couple flee.

Written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom is wonderfully filmed by Robert Yeoman, making it feel more imagined than real.

It's a droll, funny tale of a strange realm where despite sadness and fears, magic is always a possibility for Suzy and Sam.

Extras include "A Look Inside Moonrise Kingdom" and a behind-the-scenes featurette set tour with Murray.

Moonrise Kingdom retails for $29.98 or $34.98 Blu-ray.

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