Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

With its saturated colours and meticulously detailed 1960’s ‘doll’s house’ sets, Wes Anderson’s new film takes the audience to a world of innocents where the absurd and the rational coexist quite happily, and where the children are as wise as the adults.

The story’s focal point is that brief, precious moment in our lives between childhood and adolescence when we are more-or-less equipped to make sense of the world and function independently, yet are still subject to the rules and norms of a society created by somewhat dysfunctional grown-ups. As I watched, I thought about the child stars of the film Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward and hoped that in making the film they had not sacrificed the very innocence which it celebrates.

It’s a wonderful movie which cannot fail to bring a smile to your face – go along and enjoy it!