The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Moonrise Kingdom

Suzy (Kara Haywood) and Sam (Jared Gilman) are advised by Cousin Ben (Jason Schwartzman) in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.

The time is 1965 and the place is New England. Teenage Sam, an orphan who has been rejected by his foster family, is at scout camp on an island. He decides to run away with Suzy, another oddball who lives in a big house with her family. When the whole community mobilizes to search for them, we catch a glimpse of adults who are emotionally illiterate and lacking in an ability to understand youth. Sam and Suzy just want to be free.

Wes Anderson is one of America's most idiosyncratic directors. An incomparable explorer of individuality, he has a special knack for developing characters who are outsiders or rebels and are both funny and touching at the same time. When circumstances or other people turn against them, they struggle to be true to themselves. Here are some of the lessons we took away from this movie: be aware of the hidden core of your being; squeeze the slave out of yourself; honor your song; free yourself of selfishness; give free reign to your urge to be known; and begin anew (Universal Studios, PG-13 — sexual content, smoking). Now on DVD.


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