Saturday, December 18, 2010
Writer: Roald Dahl (um BOOK), Wes Anderson, and Noah Baumbach (screenplay)
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman
a crafty fox has a hard time living down his promise of a safe life free of stealing that he made to his wife. after many fox years of a boring life he decides to steal from the three farms in the neighborhood owned by the meanest farmers anybody has ever heard of ever.
This was a not-so-much for me. I am a great admirer of Wes Anderson, and it often takes two or three viewings for the entire message to sink in; but this one really felt like Wes-light. It was very interesting technically, and the odd way in which the story was presented was done consistently and immersively. But there were no teeth to the story.
I can't speak to the adaptation because I don't know the source material, but this thing felt SO MUCH like a Wes Anderson movie that it seems to me there wasn't a lot of faith to go around. His characters are practically archetypes: The Royal/Zissou guy; the Etheline/Elanor lady; the not-exactly-Chas guy;... But again, there wasn't as much depth. It took me a couple of times to see the beauty in that big final shot in Life Aquatic but much like that tiger fish I knew it was there and I kept diving for it. I just feel no desire to put that time into this one.
I will look forward to his next one, however.
i loved this movie. i love all wes anderson movies. i think this was just exactly his genre. his movies are always presented in a storybook form soooooo....ummm. there you go. although i think ash was just a manifestation of max fischer i didn't care because i love myself some max fischer and if he is prolonged in the character of an adolescent fox so be it. i have never read the book, but it seems to be fairly obvious that anderson made it much more his style when adapting it for the screen because it just oozed him. i think we may have a fight over rating this. why don't we own life aquatic?