Genre Guesstimation – Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Joe of The MN Movie Man and we will be reviewing our favorite Summer Camp Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jun by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Joe!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Summer Camp Movies……

“It’s been proven by history: all mankind makes mistakes. ” – Captain Sharp

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After two children go missing from a summer camp, the local police and the camp counselor try and find them.

My Take on it – I have been avoiding watching this film for years since I am not a fan of films by Wes Anderson.

I expected this film to follow along similar lines with most of his films that are a bit too strange for me.

Since this film fits into the theme of this month’s Genre, I decided to finally take the plunge and check it out.

Surprisingly, this was much more enjoyable than I had expected.

The story is quite compelling and the way that things move along is done in a very engaging way that helps keep it so interesting to watch unfold.

The cast is filled with lots of Anderson’s favorite actors including Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormond, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman.

The dialogue is very engrossing and it helps transport the viewer to a place that seems so innocent and pure.

There are some parts of the film that are quite kitschy and that drags it down slightly along the way.

The cinematography is also beautiful to look at and works quite well in this movie.

Something does seem a bit too esoteric in part of the way that this film is presented and that also takes a bit away from making this story even more entertaining and enjoyable to watch unfold.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The dance scene on the beach was saved for the very end of filming, so that the two young leads would be comfortable around each other, and was done on a closed set (just the two leads, co-writer and director Wes Anderson, and the cameraman). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close, but something still seems off the whole way thru that would have made it more interesting.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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