Moonrise Kingdom

Bill Murray as Mr. Bishop, Tilda Swinton as Social Services, Bruce Willis as Captain Sharp, Edward Norton as Scout Master Ward, and Frances McDormand as Mrs. Bishop will star in Wes Anderson’s "Moonrise Kingdom," one of David's anticipated films of 2012.

Photo courtesy Focus Features

No offense to Batman, or Spider-Man, or any of The Avengers. But the guy I most want to see in uniform in the movies this summer is Edward Norton in a scoutmaster's uniform in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom."

I suspect I'm not alone in Madison, a Wes Anderson kinda town if there ever was one. So it's big news that Focus Features says that "Moonrise" will open at Sundance Cinemas on Friday, June 15. That date could change, but "Moonrise" is shaping up to be such a massive hit that I sincerely doubt it.

The film stars Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, along with newcomers Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel and Bob Balaban in the tale of two 12-year-old kids (Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman) who run off together while vacationing on a New England isle in the summer of 1965. Early word is fantastic ("If you love Wes Anderson, you'll love this" wrote the Associated Press' Christy Lemire in her review).

I was hoping to review the film, but the press screening in Milwaukee last week coincided with my younger daughter's birthday, and the thought of skipping her party to go see a movie about the bittersweet magic of childhood didn't exactly seem like a Father of the Year kind of decision. It probably would have made a great chapter in her memoir, though.

So I won't be reviewing, but I'll be there in the crowd with all the other Wes fans on opening day, which actually sounds like a lot of fun. And, to tide us all over, Entertainment Weekly posted a nifty little bonus on its website earlier this week.

In the film, the 12-year-old girl, Suzy, has six fictitious children's books in her satchel that she stole from the library. Anderson had artists design the book jackets for each one, and then had the artists do some animated sequences to go with each book. The animation didn't make it into the film, but Anderson put them online (similar to the short film with Natalie Portman that accompanied "The Darjeeling Limited.")

Until next Friday, it'll just have to do.



Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.