Director Selective Series: Wes Anderson Part 2

This week continues the Director Selective Series: Wes Anderson with a look at The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

As part of the series I’m loosely recreating scenes of Anderson’s movies on [Instagram ](

I’m looking foward to Life Aquatic since it’s one of Anderson’s I’ve not seen. And I’m curious to see how I feel after revisiting Tenenbaums for the first time in at least ten years. Keep an eye out for my thoughts on those next week. In the mean time, my thoughts on Bottle Rocket and Rushmore are below.

Bottle Rocket: Coincidentally, earlier this week a podcast I listen to (Movie Crush) had an episode regarding this movie. I listened to the podcast before ever having seen the movie. The host and his guest talked about how great the movie is, which got me more interested than I was. I’m familiar with most of Anderson’s work, but not this, so to see the beginning was rad. Bottle Rocket isn’t nearly as quirky as Anderson’s pictures eventually become, but you can see how it starts. There are quick rotating shots, eccentric characters, an early version of a Wes Anderson list, and people acting an age other than their own. Dignan especially acts like a child. Anthony and Bob attempt to act like adults at some point. I’m glad it took me so long to see this because I enjoyed seeing Anderson characteristics beginning to bloom. Overall I enjoyed the film. I thought the ending was surprising, and the comradery felt realistic. Plus the movie is filled with subtle humor.

Rushmore: This feels like a leap from Bottle Rocket toward the stylistic Wes Anderson we know now. Rushmore is also full of people acting outside their age—adults acting like children and children acting like adults, or what they think an adult is like. Rushmore pulls you in and makes you want to attend this school. Some patterns I’m starting to notice are: swimming pool scenes; delusions of grandeur; and unconventional love stories. And am I alone in wanting to see one of Max’s plays in its entirety? Schwartzman and Murray give great performances in this as Max and Herman Blume, respectively. Rushmore is a fun, weird, sometimes sad, and overthetop coming of age story for a young man and an old man.

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