Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12 year olds, Sam (Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), who fall in love and make a pact to run away. The two of them feel like outsiders and whilst Sam is treated as one by his fellow campers, Suzy’s issue comes from a book she found at home called 'Dealing With The Troubled Child'. What follows is a very sweet look into young love, acceptance of themselves and from others, such as Susie’s parents and Sam’s camp colleagues. Their flight triggers an island wide search by the other campers from Camp Ivanhoe (watched over by Edward Norton), the island police officer (Bruce Willis) and Susie’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand). Jason Schwartzmann arrives towards the end as Cousin Ben and Tilda Swinton joins the ranks as her usual po-faced self playing the unnamed Social Services.

As is the norm with Wes Anderson films, the laughs are subtle but brilliant with a few stand out moments from the Khaki Scouts and Bill Murray. One of these is after Scout Master (Norton) has declared there will be no weapons used in the hunt for Sam and Suzy. The Scouts gather round to discuss their take on search tactics and one of them comes out with, “If we find him, I’m not going to be the one who forgot to bring a weapon.” Bill Murray's scene stealer involves an axe, a bottle of wine and an almost chopped down tree. He plays a weary father in an unhappy marriage who feels he’s too old to start again so isolates himself from life and his children. The point where he wanders through his house with his axe and wine sums up his character so beautifully you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Other standout moments include McDormand shouting at her children through a megaphone and the Shawshank Redemption homage.

It's really the children who steal the show. Gilman is wonderful as Sam and gives one of the best performances in the film. His mature but childish manner is endearing and his desire to care for Suzy is one of the sweetest things I've seen in film this year. The rest of the Khaki Scouts are great when they decide to help Sam and Suzy be together. Their rescue mission involves a boat trip on the night of a massive storm and releasing Sam who is under the care of the police chief. Watching them all work together to help the young couple is marvellous and heart warming, especially when one of them claims to have not liked Sam because everyone else did the same.

Moonrise Kingdom may well be Wes Anderson’s best film to date. His skill at creating a fairytale within reality is second to none and he has more style than most directors around today. With a standout performance from Jared Gilman and Anderson’s usual band of misfits appearing, Moonrise Kingdom is a solid winner. It’s hardly surprising it was received so well at Cannes this year.