An Excuse to Make a List (as if I ever need one)

12 Aug

A few weeks ago, Dan and I went to see “Moonrise Kingdom,” the new Wes Anderson movie, which I liked. Dan fell asleep briefly, but who can blame him? Baby boy got tired and not much was happening.

I was listening to my favorite podcast, the Slate Culture Gabfest, and Julia (the one I like the most because she thinks what I think) was saying that watching Wes Anderson movies, although enjoyable, can be somewhat difficult because you get so consumed with all the Wes Anderson-isms. So much so, that you miss the whole message of the movie. Once you’ve seen a few of his movies, you begin to recognize these “isms.” For instance: you know the main characters will live in a crazy house with a weird layout and it will be chock full of random, yet purposeful, tchotchkes; you also know that Bill Murray will be there and every time he opens his mouth, even if it’s to say a touching sentiment of some sort, everyone in the audience will laugh (I am guilty of this); Jason Schwartzman will show up at some point and there will always be a character based on Max Fischer from “Rushmore;” there will be a lot of eye makeup on one or more girls; moody sixties music will play at just the right time; there will be at least one quote that you and your friends say over and over for years to come, i.e. “O, R they?!”

This was the first time that my distraction became completely evident. The only time I paid attention to the plot was during the very few scenes with Jason Schwartzman because, as usual, he was HI-larious and scene stealing. The movie actually has a truly sweet message about two lost tweens falling madly in love. And the love actually seems more real than many romantic comedies I watch that star adults (and, I mean, I watch a lot of romantic comedies, so trust me on this). I think it’s rare that writers actually respect young love and this is one of the best examples I’ve ever seen. But girlfriend was also wearing a lot of eye makeup and the two kids danced to French instrumental music from the sixties, so back to my main point…

This is all I could think of every time I looked at Suzy, the main character.

In the end, I’ve never met a Wes Anderson movie that I didn’t like, but I have a clear ranking. Would you like to see it? Of course you would! Why would I even ask that question!?!

7. Fantastic Mr. Fox

I have not seen Fantastic Mr. Fox so I think it’s only fair to put it in last place. But, to give it credit, I think it will shoot up in the ranks as soon as I get around to viewing it.

6. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Our friend had an anxiety attack halfway through this movie and we had to leave. Let me put it this way – I wasn’t crying in my soup about leaving the theater. I’ve never finished the last half. I did feel bad for my friend, though.

5. Bottle Rocket

I saw this a LONG time ago and while I liked it okay, I should give it another chance someday. Maybe we’ll find the love we were meant to share.

4. Moonrise Kingdom

If you’ve already forgotten how I feel about this movie, you have the curse of my attention span. Please see above.

3. The Darjeeling Limited

I don’t think anyone saw this movie, first of all, nor liked it if they did. But I actually liked it a lot. This was pre-Owen Wilson breakdown time at its best. It’s no “Wedding Crashers” but it’s also no “Hall Pass,” if you know what I mean. I hope, for your sake, that you don’t know what I mean.

2. Royal Tenenbaums

My husband cannot STAND this movie. Every time I bring up how much I love it, Dan responds with, “but they were trying SO hard.” I can’t argue with this. It was Wes Anderson at his over the top best, but I am a total sucker for it.  When Pagoda (Kumar Pallana) stabs Royal (Gene Hackman) out of nowhere, I laugh and laugh and laugh. Later, Royal says of this: “There was a price on my head, and he was a hired assassin. Stuck me in the gut with a shiv.” Gene Hackman saying the word “shiv” is worth the price of admission, if you ask me.

1. Rushmore

Rushmore is probably my favorite movie of all time. I could, and will, do a whole post just on this, so why even harp on it now? I just think it is…perfect. It’s a perfect movie.

“These are O.R. scrubs.”

“O, R they?”

Enough said.


3 Responses to “An Excuse to Make a List (as if I ever need one)”

  1. Elise August 14, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Oh Man. I may have to argue with your ranking. Darjeeling, fantastic…no one knows. It’s sad really. Also, let me know when you want to have a Mr. Fox viewing. It’s great.

    Kudos on the homage, sort of. Zissou is misunderstood.

    • athed August 14, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      Darjeeling better than Rushmore and Royal Tenenbraums? I don’t know, Elise. I just do not know.


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