Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ earns raves at Cannes
Set on the remote New Penzance Island in 1965, the movie centers on a pair of star-crossed pre-teens — Sam (Jared Gilman), a precocious bespectacled boy scout in a coonskin cap, and Suzy (Kara Hayward), a troubled teen who favors saddle shoes and raccoon-like mascara. The two run away into the island's wild hinterland, setting the movie's other characters — Suzy's parents (Frances McDormand and Bill Murray), along with Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) and the entire Khaki scout troupe 55 — into motion.
"I got the idea from having two 12 year olds fall passionately in love," Wes Anderson told me the morning after the premiere during the junket for the movie. (Video of the event will follow soon.) Though the interview took place on the beach populated by more than a few leathery topless sunbathers, he wore a beige corduroy suit. "I was also interested in creating a story set on an island."
Following the film's enthusiastic reception, the stars, producers, and, yes, the press, attended the opening night gala. Tilda Swinton — who has a small part as the film's villain, known only as Social Services, who wears a Cruella-De-Vil-style cape — was there in all her Bowie-sque asexual fabulousness, as was Bill Murray, who always seems to be tuning on a frequency of reality far more interesting than my own. Jury member Ewan MacGregor was also there, along with director Brett Ratner, for some reason, and his shapely companion who towered over the filmmaker. The rest of the crowd consisted of your standard-issue Hollywood types, plus folks who looked like extras from "Casino Royale." The mood among the cast was justifiably exuberant. There was even talk about Anderson's movie taking the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or.