I loved this movie because nothing bad happens in it. It's sweet and innocent, which is almost unheard of these days. To me, movies are all about escape. When I escape, I prefer to go somewhere nice, not somewhere violent. There is enough violence in the world. The Batman Shooter in Colorado tried to ruin the safety and escape of movie-going for all of us. That's part of the reason I went to a movie so soon after that tragedy: because I didn't want fear to gain the upper hand.
Moonrise Kingdom takes place in 1965, and is the story of first love between two 12 year olds. This is truly a movie for artists, I believe. It is filled to the brim with nostalgic items from the 50's and 60's that are like candy for the eyes of the artist in me. Suzy and Ben meet at a church play, become pen pals, and a romance blossoms through the mail. (which has always been a dream of mine) After being pen pals for a year, they decide to run away together to a secluded cove. They hike and camp out for several days and nights while the entire town searches for them. Eventually they are found, and everything works out in the end.
I helped an elderly man to his seat in the dark, and after the movie I helped him out again. "What did you think of the movie?" I asked. "Well, it was really weird and strange. I never saw anything like it before. But I liked it." he said.
There you have it: it's not a movie for everyone. There may not be enough action to keep the average movie-goer happy. But I loved it! It was just my cup of tea! If you end up seeing it, please tell me what you thought! Here's a trailer to whet your appetite.