I hear quite often that Netflix does not have much to offer when it comes to movies or content in general. And while I can agree with these claims, I would argue that you can find some really amazing gems, especially ones that went largely under the radar for United States audiences. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to not only review movies in theaters, but also movies on Netflix: because I can understand that people really do not want to put in the effort to find them.
For those of you who do want some decent selections, I’ve highly recommended Snowpiercer and Chef (and I guess Kung Fury but that’s not really a movie). But if you’re looking for another one, I would also highly recommend Moonrise Kingdom.
Moonrise Kingdom is a touching story about fitting in, how people cope with pain, and childhood innocence. The story is both entertaining and emotional. I found both of the main characters to be exceptional actors.
And the fact that the main characters are child actors really is a strong testament to the quality of this movie. One of the reasons this works is because Moonrise Kingdom is extraordinarily quirky. A lot of the lines that our two main characters give come out really awkwardly and stiff, but because the movie wrote them out to be that way, in a movie that is awkward and quirky as well, none of the lines ever seem like bad acting.
Not only that, but all the other child actors do rather well in their roles. It is surprising, with just how many terrible performances done by child actors in so many other movies, that this movie does so well with so many kids in their cast.
Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, and Bill Murray all do fantastic jobs and play interesting characters with real struggles and challenges.
One of the other things I really enjoyed about this movie is the camerawork. Lots of the shots flow from one side to the next seamlessly, and all of the scenery in each shot seems intentional and meaningful.
If there’s one complaint that I have about this movie, it’s the third act. With such a strong first and second, it’s such a shame that at a certain point, the third act seems to lose momentum. There is also a scene involving lightning that I thought was dumb, but I’m chalking it up to preferential complaints. The movie is still a touching piece with a lot of uniqueness to it. I have a feeling that Moonrise Kingdom can be enjoyed by nearly anyone, and I’m giving this movie a 9 out of 10.