Successful dry humor from 'Moonrise Kingdom'

By Katie Best
Managing Editor|
Wes Anderson is best known for his films like “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “The Royal Tenanbaums.” However, this past summer, Anderson came out with his first movie since “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which was released in 2009.
“Moonrise Kingdom,” much like all Wes Anderson films, has the same dry, sarcastic sense of humor accompanied by sheer alternative joy. The films centers around two 12-year-olds who fall in love and decide to run away in the 1960’s.
Suzy loves her books and her cat, and Sam is a Khaki Scout who devises a plan to get them off the island of New Penzance. However, once they run off together, both Suzy’s parents and Sam’s Khaki Scout leader (played by Edward Norton) chase them around the island in attempt to bring them home.
Since Suzy and Sam are both considered “troubled” by their guardians, there is even more of an alarm to get them home. Throughout the movie, we find that Sam is also a foster child, so when the couple is finally brought home, Sam is homeless because his foster parents no longer want him.
“Moonrise Kingdom” provides one of the most adorable and entertaining movies of the year, and is definitely worth seeing. It covers awkward firsts (Sam and Suzy making out), plain teenage stupidity (Sam tries to pierce Suzy’s ears with a fishing hook), and some of the most endearing and relatable moments to date.