Oh man, Kevin! Personally I thought “Darjeeling Ltd.” was great. Believe me, I get what you said about the kinda lame focus on richy rich folks but I dunno I felt there was a lot there. I got a lot of things from the actor’s performances and the hints of symbolism in the mise en scene. The movie may be simplistic but there’s a beauty in that to me. Each of his films feel like a cool trinket I’ve discovered in a Downtown vintage store. I’m fine with a tender trinket and nothing more from old Wes.
Hotel Chevalier is my favourite trinket.
Wes Anderson sucks. Have I mentioned that? Oh why? Because he makes movies for effeminate boys and their girlfriends, mentioned that already, huh? Well guess I’m like your asshole and I have an opinion. Oh, messed that up. Boo hoo. Back to reading my comic books.
Any Wes Anderson movie is likeable in pieces, has its moments but on the whole it wont stand as a masterpiece.
Royal Tenenbaums would be his best movie followed by Life aquatic – Bill Murray if of course superb in all his movies.
I really like Wes Anderson and always look forward to seeing his new releases. That being said I feel that he has fallen into a bit of a slump of style over substance in his past two films. Darjeeling Express was better than Life Aquatic in that respect, but both seemed to carefully calculate their visual style over their narrative depth. In contrast, I felt in particular that Rushmore had such an amazing sense of pacing and rhythm. Also, Royal Tennenbaums seemed to use the quirkiness of the visuals as a way of explaining the family’s dynamics so that you couldn’t imagine them any other way. But with Life Aquatic it seemed that so much film time was wasted building up the atmosphere at the expense of building up multi dimensional characters. Darjeeling Express definitely created three brothers that were each distinct and had strong personalities, but are in the end a little flat. Nevertheless I am looking forward to all his future projects and fondly own all of his films to date.
I love Rushmore and The Royal Tannenbaums.Bottle Rocket I haven’t seen for a long time & don’t remember well. I thought Life Aquatic had some problems and I disliked Darjeeling Express. I never found the brothers to be believable characters.
I love Wes Anderson, but my film theory is heavily based on visuals instead of plot. So my hat goes off to Robert Yeoman.
I have a feeling we’re all going to see a very different Wes in the coming years. His next two films aren’t original, (adaption and remake) will this force him to do new things?
Oh most definitely, He’s so young and so talented. He’s just getting started.
I like all of his films but the Darjeeling Limited.
I loved Bottle Rocket and I dug the Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic, but sometimes I get the feeling he’s trying too hard to have this quirky aesthetic. Like it’s almost disingenuous or manufactured. I don’t know. I still respect him as a filmmaker.
Don’t watch his movies if you’re gonna rate it based on his other ones. No one seems to understand that his movies are individual works.
When Martin Scorsese was asked who is the next Scorsese he said look to Wes Anderson
I generally enjoy Wes Anderson though my enthusiasm for his work has tapered off recently. Rushmore is still my favorite of his films and while I still enjoy Royal Tennenbaums, I have some serious problems with it. Bottle Rocket and Darjeeling are both worthy efforts but suffer, Bottle from some bad acting and just general first film problems and Darjeeling Limited from simply rambling on forever. I felt like that movie was going to end about 10 times.
Add to that my utter dislike for The Life Aquatic and my annoyance with that American Express commercial and I would say you have a mixed bag.
I do think he needs to get away from his current visual style/thematic ground. It’s been used too much by him and I would like to see his film making abilities explored a little more. Still though, Rushmore is amazing.
Easy answer: NO.
Can’t stand Bottle Rocket; enjoy Rushmore, really enjoy Tennenbaums, loved The Life Aquatic and have no fondness at all for Darjeeling Ltd. (I thought he was utterly lost with that last one—but the train attendant with the beard reminded me of a dear friend from college.)
I love his work for the tone and colors, but I wish he’d stop being so damned precious about everything. He could only benefit from a partial blood transfusion provided by Werner Herzog.
i really like rushmore and tannenbaums, but darjeeling was just a big, unwatchable mess
Wes is a true auteur in every sense of the word. People who have a true appreciation for the arts – not just film but theater as well – would likely enjoy Anderson’s films, as he brings a lot of stage theater elements to his films due to his background writing and producing plays while in school. He’s probably a little too quirky and WASPy for many, too, but that’s another thing that adds to his originality.
Wes Anderson is a genius.
I’m with Chris-I like those two but nothing since. I thought Darjeeling Limited terrible.
I liked The Royal Tenebaums but otherwise I find his self consciously hip style to be cold and annoying. His imitators are doubly annoying.
Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic, Bottle Rocket.
That is how I’d rank his movies, from great to good.
And why can’t anybody spell Tenenbaums right?
I really like Wes Anderson. He makes smart, quirky comedies that are also quite human and touching. If you’ll notice, he’s much like Altman in that he wants you to figure out the characters by giving you these strange little details. Like when Owen Wilson’s character starts doing too many drugs in Royal Tenenbaums and has that live-on-tv meltdown. I also think Anderson uses music and pop songs better than any other independent of his generation, always with a sense of surprise but not gimmicky, and not ironic: there’s real love there, for the characters and for the songs.
I’ve really enjoyed all his films so far. So, yes.
Nobody makes them like he does. He’s certainly carved and established his style; one that’s genuine. Again, not the best there is, but he’s pretty damn good. I love his characters, his colors, and his attention to detail.
When I left the theater, I remember thinking that The Royal Tenenbaums was the first great American movie of the new millennium. What’s not to like? Great music, great actors and great funnies. Wes Anderson rules, no?
He’s growing on me with more repeat viewings. The only one I still have a hard time with is Life Aquatic. The rest of them I really enjoy, but that one for some odd reason makes me so sleepy. Maybe its the water. Hm.
All I can say is I loved Darjeeling Limited and enjoyed Tenanbaums to a lesser degree. Can’t say I love him though, haven’t seen enough to really make a judgement either way…
I like him, I think he approaches true emotions through abstract plots. I feel the surrealism of his environments let’s you truly feel the characters alone.
Never met him. But i dont like his films
I like him. It just seems like he makes the same films over and over again and they always have to feature his mixtapes from high school.
them be so awesome mixtapes….