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more of the same
on 21 July 2009
I'm trying to put my finger on why I didn't like this film as much as I wanted to. I love Rushmore, Tenenbaums and even Life Aquatic - so was excited to see his latest one.
But during the film and at the end, I just had this inescapable feeling on anti-climax and dissapointment. None of his films are never known for their action scenes, exhilerating endings or passionate hollywood style characters - but I as i sat and saw the whole plot unfold in the 1st 45 minutes - i then felt the remaining 45 mins felt a bit drawn out and pointless. Yes there were some humorous moments and some character development - but there was also some bits on which nothing was devloped - the natalie portman scene was intruging but was actually pretty pointless apart from any arty little short. the sex scene with the stewardess, again did little to extend the plot or characters and the meeting with the mother did little other than show the audience where owen wilson picked up his bad habits from.
All the characteristic elements are there - evocotive use of colour and stage sets, distant yet eccentric characters, slow motion sequences set to old folk songs, amusing scenarios, sparse dialogue - all that you associate with a wes anderson film - so I can only put it down to the plot, script writing or acting. Neither of which again are terrible - I just feel that maybe anderson has become a victim of his own style. I read one review that said anderson is trapped in his own little stylistic world and needs input from someone other than his regular cast of characters and producers - which i think is very true. working with someone who has a different style and input could push him to vere his talents to something with a slightly different dimension to it.
I feel it is a film where the result certainly doesn't meet the sum of its parts - all the right ingredients are there, it just doesn't seem right this time around. What I fear is that anderson becomes too involved in this little world the magic he puts into his films becomes tired and the effect diluted as it becomes too familair.
I am already thinking that my inspiration to go to the cinema and watch another wes anderson film about the parental and sibling relations of a rich yet eccentric family, who are having a reunion in someway - shot in his characteristic style, with an interesting soundtrack, featuring owen wilson, bill murray, angelica houston and a pale well spoken english girl, will be somewhat diminished having seen it done 4 times already - which is a shame, as what he does is done so well.
I didnt hate it - I will watch it again, its just too similar to everything else he has done to provide me with any wow factor. I was amazed the first time i saw tenenbaums with its style. rushmore's lead person max was just so likeable in his youthful brashness and i liked the mix of elements in life aquatic (humour, loss, dissapointment, action and soem strange animation!) - but TDL just didnt deliver anything noteworthy like his previous films have.