SUMMER’S FIRST SOULFUL HIT: MOONRISE KINGDOM

By Lance Avery Morgan

Run don’t walk to see the new movie directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson of The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore). It opens in LA and NY Friday May 25th, and in Austin on Friday June 8th.

Life was simpler in another era. Sort of. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As the authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Impeccable attention was made to the film’s art direction. Think of it as “Mad Men” meets “Stand By Me” for a new generation, yet the child in adults will love it, too.

The casting is pure Wes Anderson, the film’s director, writer and producer. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl.

It is a Focus Features and Indian Paintbrush presentation of an American Empirical Picture. Casting by Douglas Aibel. Associate Producer, Octavia Peissel. Co-Producers, Molly Cooper, Lila Yacoub. Costume Designer, Kasia Walicka Maimone. Khaki Scout Marches by Mark Mothersbaugh, Performed by Peter Jarvis and his Drum Corps. Original Music by Alexandre Desplat. Music Supervisor, Randall Poster. Editor, Andrew Weisblum, ACE. Production Designer, Adam Stockhausen. Director of Photography, Robert Yeoman, ASC. Executive Producers, Sam Hoffman, Mark Roybal. Produced by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson. Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola. Directed by Wes Anderson. A Focus Features Release.

It’s about 97 minutes in run time and you can learn more at Moonrisekingdom.com