The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Moonrise Kingdom

Reveille! Our Magnificent Andersons series winds down with Wes Anderson’s olive-colored tale of love and camping, Moonrise Kingdom.

In their big screen debuts, Kara Hayward & Jared Gilman play Suzy and Sam: two wayward tweens hopelessly in love on their small, New England island town. Suzy is overwhelmed by her anxious lawyer parents, and escapes her days by reading or listening to records. Sam, meanwhile, is an accomplished Khaki Scout at nearby Camp Ivanhoe, where he’s learned an array of wilderness survival skills. After spending the summer as pen pals, Suzy & Sam plan a surreptitious rendezvous in the woods where they will create a kingdom of their own. Following hot on their heels is a mob of familiar Wes Anderson players, from Bill Murray to Bruce Willis, that play the various parents and grown-ups trying to find the kids and bring them home.

Nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, Moonrise Kingdom is the quintessential Wes Anderson work. Filled with quotable quotes and colorful costumes sure to delight audiences of any age.


“With Moonrise Kingdom the films that are the key ones for me—along with the Truffaut movie, Small Change—there are some movies I looked at while I was writing it. There’s a Ken Loach film called Black Jack and one that was written by Alan Parker and directed by Waris Hussein called Melody—neither of which I had ever heard of. I saw these movies because it was the subject matter that I was writing about.” – Wes Anderson

“Anderson always fills his films with colors, never garish but usually definite and active. In Moonrise Kingdom, the palette tends toward the green of new grass, and the Scout’s khaki brown. Also the right amount of red. It is a comfortable canvas to look at, so pretty that it helps establish the feeling of magical realism.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Moonrise Kingdom opens on the colorful knit portrait of a beachside manse, and there’s no better intro to this bright, bewitching island fable streaked with yellow. It’s an adventure, a love story, a biblical allegory complete with approaching storm, a mash note to composer Benjamin Britten and a profoundly touching discourse on the needs of troubled children.” – Amy Biancolli, SF Gate