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07-17-05, 01:27 PM
I thought this was an OK movie. I felt on the verge of 'getting it' but never quite did. Can someone explain to me what this is about? I hate the feeling I've just witnessed a work of genius but I'm too much of an apeman to understand. Many thanks.
07-17-05, 01:31 PM
It's only because you were picking up on the director's capacity for genius that wasn't quite evident with this particular film. Rent "The Royal Tennenbaums" and especially "Rushmore" and you'll see what I mean. "Life Aquatic" wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly good (for Anderson,) either.
I liked Life Aquatic, I love Murray. Royal Tennenbaums was better. And with Rushmore you get it all!
I think it was terrible. No, worse than that.
07-17-05, 06:06 PM
anderson is my favorite director, start with bottle rocket and you'll understand him, then rushmore and royal tenenbaums
bottle rocket is the least like the other three, but it's easier to start with because it doesn't have the set design/costume overload/focus that the other three do (tenebaums and rushmore mainly)
07-28-05, 08:42 AM
I just saw this the other day and I thought it was incredibly good. It was such a well thought-out and richly-layered film. I have seen The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore but this one appealed to my sense of humour more, though they are all excellent films.
I thought Willem Dafoe's character was brilliant!
07-28-05, 02:09 PM
Saw it last week. Easily the weakest of Wes Anderson's movies.
I second Ziggurat above. Start with Bottle Rocket and then Rushmore and then Royal Tennenbaums. I re-watched Tennebaums recently and it strikes me that the amount of star-power in the movie is startling, yet the performances are decidedly not stars hamming it up. It's one of those films where the big-name actors seem to just melt into the story without trying to become the focal point. Gene Hackman is awesome as the patriarcal Royal Tennebaum worming his way back into his family's life.
But start with Bottle Rocket. Small budget, funny performances, winning movie.
07-28-05, 02:21 PM
Rented it a week ago. Not bad! I prefered it to Tenenbaums and I've never seen Rushmore. I'll put that one on my list. Bill Murray is a great actor. Not a favorite movie, but definitely worth watching.
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