it's like WA started with a big heart (Bottle Rocket) and has been covering it up, more and more, ever since with intricate detail, set design, gag-producing perfection, and actors hitting marks. The heart's still there though, I think. But it's hard to find underneath it all.
As a foreigner, I say this as a compliment. There's an american feel in this film that makes it special, specific, and special. There's that sense of conquering a place, of being a pioneer, of being self-reliant. And there's even the persecution (in these case, grown-ups) of the law, to make the quest more romantic and meaningful. My words cannot say it any other way, this is not my culture. But it did move me, too.
My favorite Wes Anderson film. The subdued and playful cinematography is akin to sitting through a highly-entertaining theatre play, and the young actors here are amazing. The whole movie feels like a summer day dream, and I'm happy to wander through the cinematic world of Wes Anderson's imagination.
It's as though they took a scenario by Bergman and made it into a Disney film. Tilda Swinton's role is so insignificant, they didn't even give her character a name. Full of big name stars, like Bob Balaban, I got suckered into actually paying to see this film. I guess that trick always works. The only Wes Anderson film I liked was The Fabulous Tenenbaums, and I don't think it would stand up to a second viewing.