Moonrise Kingdom


(2012) ★★

Film4: PREMIERE Monday 15 June, 9pm

New England island runaways Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward inspire a search party. Fussy mid-60s Neverland setting for a whimsical Wes Anderson inner-child story that’s just as corny, in its own fey way, as Todd Graff’s church choir musical Joyful Noise. Unlike Moonrise Kingdom, Joyful Noise was not selected to open the 2012 Cannes film festival. True to Anderson’s form it’s as arch as Roger Moore’s eyebrows but, unlike The Darjeeling Limited, it’s no triumph. It’s about as funny as Forrest Gump. Anderson cited Ken Loach’s 1979 children’s adventure Black Jack (Film4 at 1.05am) as a major influence on Moonrise Kingdom. But probably not for its 18th century Yorskhire setting. The music orchestrated by Conrad Pope is mainly by Benjamin Britten. And Hank Williams songs.

Certificate: 12
Duration: 93min