Release Date: May 25, 2012 (Limited)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Cast: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward
Studio: Focus Features
Running Time: Not available
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking
These are just some of the random kind of facts dished out by quirky US film director Wes Anderson as he talks about his latest film which tells the 1960s set tale of two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away from a peaceful island community in New England.
Anderson is best known for his off-kilter comedy dramas such The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic. Anderson directed the stop-motion animated adaptation of Fantastic Mr Fox in 2009.
Moonrise Kingdom is the 43-year-old’s seventh full-length feature and his first set amid the ranks of the scouting world.
Something of which he admits to having had very little personal experience.
“I tried but I didn’t really make much of a success of it,” he admits while perusing the room service menu at a pricey central London hotel. “I think I did about four months or something. I didn’t accomplish any rank or anything like that but I tried.
“You don’t associate James Dean with scouting, it’s not the coolest thing you can do. But you can’t help but be impressed if someone becomes an eagle scout,” he adds.
The film casts film newcomers Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman as youthful lovers Suzy and Sam and reunites Anderson with comic Bill Murray for their sixth film.
Regular cast member Jason Schwartzman also makes an appearance among the cast of Anderson’s usual oddballs and outcasts.
A cast-against-type Bruce Willis stars as a less than-impressive -ocal lawman while Edward Norton and Harvey Keitel don full uniforms as scout masters.
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