Of all the filmmakers of his generation, Wes Anderson has most firmly established not just a look, a tone, or a style, but a genuine all-encompassing aesthetic. It first came to fruition with his sophomore feature Rushmore
, and every movie since then has been a poignant story of love, loss, and dysfunctional families with an exquisite soundtrack, stylized dialogue, Bill Murray, and painterly visuals. Moonrise Kingdom
, his tale of first love, is unquestionably his, even if it isn’t among his best.
The movie stars newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy. Sam is the least-liked member of Khaki Scout troop 55, a group who are spending...