Moonrise Kingdom (2012, Universal, PG-13, $30), writer/director Wes Anderson's best movie since The Royal Tenenbaums, is the magical tale of two misfit 12-year-olds (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) who fall in love and decide to run away together.
The film, set in 1965 on an island off the coast of New England, has such a special look and is populated with so many wonderfully quirky characters that Anderson is able to make a simple tale seem dazzlingly original.
The action begins when the leader (Edward Norton) of a troupe of Khaki Scouts notices that a youngster named Sam has vanished from his tent. Sam is off with Suzy in the wilderness, but Norton doesn't know that. Soon, he's contacting the local sheriff (Bruce Willis) and, with the help of the scouts (including East Stroudsburg resident Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick), turning the island upside down and inside out looking for the missing boy.
Davey-Fitzpatrick, best known for his turn as the title character in the 2006 Omen remake, only has a few lines in the movie, but he nails every single one.
He appears throughout the film and is prominently featured on the DVD cover, alongside the film's adult stars, including Norton, Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban and Jason Schwartzman.
Wes Anderson's movies can be chilly – think of the dreary The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – but Moonrise Kingdom bubbles over with warmth.
Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD and Blu-Ray releases with local connections.