Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 twee tween comedy-drama film by Wes Anderson.Set in a 1965 New England island town, the movie follows an innocent and quirky Puppy Love and Coming of Age story between Sam and Suzy, a pair of 12-year-old social outcasts who try to run away together.Sam is an orphan who has gone through several foster homes, and is now on a trip with the Khaki Scouts. Suzy is living with an incredibly dysfunctional family, where the mom's a control freak and the dad is distant. They both decide to run away, and the film follows them as they hike across an island - with the police chief, the scoutmaster, Suzy's parents, and Sam's fellow Khaki Scouts all trying to find them. While the bulk of the movie is carried by the two leading child actor and actress, the movie has an All-Star Cast in the adult supporting roles with Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.The film opened the 2012 Festival de Cannes. In a similar vein to The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson also shot a four-minute short to complement the main movie, which can be seen here.
All of the Other Reindeer: Everywhere Sam goes, he gets picked on for no particular reason. The Khaki Scouts of his troop do it because he's an orphan until they realize that that's a stupid reason (besides the head scout, who picks on him because he can). He's apparently been picked on at all of the various foster homes he's been sent to as well.
Aside Glance: After Suzy opens Sam's package, her eyes widen and she looks into the camera, then walks briskly away.
Badass Bookworm: Sam is a skinny 12-year-old with glasses, but he's confident and bold, a skilled outdoorsman, and a scrappy fighter. A montage of his activities in the foster home show him doing situps in his bunk and delivering a Groin Attack to a larger bully.
There are several segments where the local librarian addresses the audience, talking about the setting, time period and the legendary storm that is about to hit. He appears several other times in his regular capacity as a local resident, including sending up a weather balloon.
Suzy gives the camera an Aside Glance in the beginning of the film.
The Cameo: Harvey Keitel as the head of the Khaki Scouts.
Chekhov's Gun: Suzy's lefty scissors. In true Chekhov's Gun fashion, they are even seen hanging on the wall in the opening shot of the film.
Chekhov's Hobby: Suzy's parents' legal background comes in handy at the climax.
Child Hater: Played with the Khaki Scout who marries Sam and Suzy. He belittles and curses at kids, all the while selling them supplies that should be free, but gladly marries Sam and Suzy, tells them they should take their vows seriously, and is willing to provide them shelter and jobs.
Childhood Marriage: Sam and Suzy, technically unofficially. They're married by an older Khaki Scout, who is quick to tell them that, no, this won't have any legal power, but the thought counts.
Deliberate Values Dissonance: It's The Sixties, so a scoutmaster smoking around kids isn't considered unusual, though he should probably keep his cigs farther away from the fireworks. Sam also smokes a pipe, though this would have been unusual even back then.
Department of Child Disservices: Social Services is cold, intimidating, and the place she intends to send Sam (yet another overcrowded orphanage) is illustrated with a grim photograph - and he'll receive electroshock therapy to correct his behavior.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Suzy moans, grunts, and yelps when Sam is the first to penetrate her... earlobe, with a fishhook. Then they share their first kiss (and French kiss) and Suzy awkwardly let Sam touch her chest.
Domestic Abuse: It's implied that Suzy's mother beats her father. By the end of the film, he's sporting two black eyes.
Fictional Document: The books Suzy stole from the library for their trip, and are read throughout the movie, are fake; one artist created each cover, and Wes Anderson himself wrote the passages Suzy reads aloud.
For the Evulz: The Khaki Scout squad leader tells Sam to his face that he hates him for no reason, and that's a good reason as any. He deservedly gets stabbed twice for it.
Heel Realization: The Khaki Scouts undergo this after one of them asks how would they react if they were orphans, and generally feeling sorry for Sam getting separated from Suzy.
Ice Queen: Tilda Swinton's character, Social Services.
Insignia Rip Off Ritual: Scout Master Ward has his patch torn off by the Eagle Scout commander after managing to lose his entire troop. He earns it back after saving the Scout commander from a simultaneous flood and fire, and directing the Scout coalition to safety.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The confrontation between the scouts and the runaways. It's apparently an epic fight, that results in the motorcycle up a tree, one of the Scouts shot in both arms, Suzy stabbing the scout leader with her scissors and Snoopy accidentally getting run through by an arrow.
Rage Against The Reflection: When Sam first meets Suzy, her hand is bandaged from punching the mirror in her bathroom. When Sam asks her about it, she matter-of-factly states that she was disgusted with herself.
Rule of Funny: Sam escapes by cutting a hole in his tent and covering it with a map on the inside. This is a send-up of classic prison-break films. In this case, of course, the hole would be easily spotted outside of the tent. The map would hide the hole only from Sam himself. This might be justified by the Scoutmaster simply being that oblivious.
Shock and Awe: During the final chase, Sam leads the rest of the Eagle Scouts on a massive chase around a field, during a hurricane. He gets up on a rocky outcrop, ready to face down the horde... and is struck by lightning. He's fine, except being covered in soot and having his shoes set on fire.
Shout Out: An obvious reference to The Shawshank Redemption when Sam escapes his tent at the start of the film (using an incredibly thin paper material to cover up a hole in a wall), and a more subtle visual allusion to the original Star Wars during the climax, when Sam and Suzy sidle around the church tower.
Signature Style: The film is dripping with Andersonisms. The costumes, the soundtrack, the tracking shots, etc.
Sleeping Single: Walt and Laura sleep in single beds separated by a nightstand.
Suicide Pact/Together in Death: Invoked and discussed during the climax. When Sam and Suzy attempt one last desperate escape, they're on top of the church tower and will be leaping into shallow water... with the remains of the fence jutting sharply upwards. They decide to jump, anyway, and Sam says that just in case this turns out to be suicide, he loves Suzy.
Suzy thinks she is this after she finds a book about dealing with problem children in her family home.
All of Sam's previous foster parents got rid of him and labeled him as a problem child, even though it's clear that it's all the other kids who had the problem. His most recent family apathetically gives him up via a curt letter, and when called to pick up Sam after his escape, they simply can't be arsed.
Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Throughout. "I need chicken wire and shredded newspaper." You don't find out what it is for awhile, and you think 'It's going to be more Noodle Implements isn't it? But eventually, this trope is subverted when that plan fails as soon as one of the Khaki Scouts describes it.