Flight of fancy a retro de­light

Moonrise King­dom

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No one, but no one, makes movies like Wes An­der­son.

From his highly-tuned sense of whimsy to his im­pec­ca­ble style, An­der­son’s films are in a genre of their own – dram-kitsch maybe, or lyri­cal-dram­edy.

What­ever you call it, An­der­son’s long panora­mas, charm­ingly dys­func­tional fam­ily dy­nam­ics and retro-chic set de­sign are in a hip, heart-warm­ing and ut­terly ad­dic­tive class of their own.

His lat­est, Moonrise King­dom, dis­tils the essence of An­der­son even fur­ther.

When rogue “Khaki Scout” and black sheep of the troop, Sam Shakusky (played with awk­ward sub-Asperg­ers per­fec­tion by Jared Gil­man) flies the coop tak­ing “very trou­bled child” and su­per­nat­u­ral ad­ven­ture fic­tion-in­spired Suzy Bishop (a gor­geously gamine Kara Hay­ward) with him, it throws the small is­land community of New Pen­zance into an up­roar.

The moon- crossed lovers are found and sep­a­rated, but not even the threat of shock ther­apy and Ju­ve­nile Refuge can keep this New Eng­land Romeo from his vi­cious, “lefty scis­sors” wield­ing Juliet.

With the help of Sam’s troop, the pair make an­other break for free­dom. Now So­cial Ser­vices (Tilda Swin­ton), the scouts of Fort Le­banon and Suzy’s par­ents (Bill Mur­ray and Frances McDor­mand) are on their trail. As ever with An­der­son, metaphor takes on a life of its own and there’s a storm com­ing to New Pen­zance.

It’s up to the is­land’s grown-ups – a cast of truly in­spired cameos and sup­port­ing roles – to live up to the ti­tle of adult and save Suzy and Sam, and maybe them­selves.

Like a suc­ces­sion of out­sider-art dio­ra­mas, the pub­lic and pri­vate lives of New Pen­zance’s qui­etly mad res­i­dents are opened to us to pon­der the some­times topsy-turvy fa­bles played out within.

Ran­dom mo­ments echo clas­sic cau­tion­ary tales – Suzy and Sam be­come Peter Pan and Wendy in one scene where she reads to the ab­sconded scouts in their hid­den night camp, while Romeo and Juliet is an ob­vi­ous par­al­lel.

How­ever, this is a com­edy and An­der­son and Ro­man Cop­pola’s script is pep­pered with charm­ingly ironic hu­mour that of­ten cuts to the heart of the story.

“I can’t ar­gue with any­thing you’ve said,” says gruff ro­man­tic Cap­tain Sharp ( Bruce Wil­lis) when Sam puts his case for eman­ci­pa­tion and true love. “I don’t have to, you’re 12 years old.”

At heart, Moonrise King­dom is a mod­ern fa­ble, de­signed to charm, guide and up­lift – and it de­liv­ers in spades.

Star­ring Kara Hay­ward, Jared Gil­man, Bruce Wil­lis, Ed Nor­ton, Bill Mur­ray. Screen­play by Wes An­der­son and Ro­man Cop­pola. Di­rected by Wes An­der­son. 94 min­utes, rated M (con­tains sex­ual ref­er­ences). Show­ing at Light House Pau­ata­hanui and Read­ing Courte­nay cine­mas. Re­viewed by KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON Pri­vate uni­verse: Sam (Jared Gil­man) and Suzy (Kara Hay­ward) must com­bat a scout troop and an en­tire quirky town if true love is to win out in Wes An­der­son’s charm­ing Moonrise King­dom.

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