Mini Review: Moonrise Kingdom

The king of quirk has returned to his “Kingdom.” Wes Anderson returned to live-action after 2009’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and the welcome was nothing short of graciously warm. Here he crafted his most seemingly big-budget affair, yet it borderlined his own version of a fantasy picture.

But no matter how surreal the characters or the set pieces were, Anderson never made his story of two outcasts running away from a life of being misunderstood for one of adventure and spiritual ecstasies seem too quirky or overbearing. Edward Norton played a counselor who rules his scout troop like the army, and Bruce Willis as a lonely cop shone with newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as they made waves in their first film.

“Kingdom” was a heartfelt, funny and whimsical story of unleashing a child’s imagination and begged the question “What is stranger? A girl who looks upon the world with binoculars as a means of escape or parents who don’t speak or seem to love?”

Grade: B+

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