Yesterday, I saw the movie Moonrise Kingdom with my grandmother. We both really enjoyed the movie. It was pure pleasure and we both felt like we didn’t want it to end. Set in the summer of 1965 on an island called New Penzance, the protagonists are two 12-year old kids, Sam and Suzy. Sam is an orphan raised by foster parents and attending a scout summer camp. Suzy is a somewhat sad girl, living with her parents and her 3 brothers in a house called Summer’s End. Sam is rejected by everyone, including his foster parents and fellow scouts, while Suzy’s parents are constantly fighting and are showing no affection for their children and for each other. Sam and Suzy had met a year earlier at a church performance, became pen pals, and finally decided to run away together and leave on a remote beach away from everyone else. When their absence is discovered, everyone on the island begins to search for them, including the scout master, Sam’s fellow scouts, the local police captain, and Suzy’s parents. Sam and Suzy soon realize that they are soul mates,very much in love and won’t live without each other. Their love touches the hearts of Suzy’s parents, the police captain, the scout master and even Sam’s fellow scouts, and when Sam and Suzy are found, they all decide to help them stay together and the police captain decides to become Sam’s foster parent.
The setting of the movie felt like a fairy tale. It was partly funny and partly sad and touching and the drama was intensified by the forces of nature (flood, hurricane and lightning storm). The main idea which I found extremely touching, that the love between Sam and Suzy changed their lives and the lives of everyone around them. Sam and Suzy were both loveless children, but the love between them made all the difference and changed everyone’s lives.
The cast of the movie includes Bruce Willis as the police captain, Edward Norton as the scout master, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as Suzy’s parents, Jared Gilman as Sam and Kara Hayward as Suzy. Moonrise Kingdom will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting October 16.
Also, here is the Moonrise Kingdom trailer.