Originally posted by PalpatineWI KNOW some other W's have seen this flick. Thoughts in (very brief)
a.) It was great.
b.) The music was very well done (Life On Mars is a personal favorite)
c.) It might as well have been called "The Tenenbaums Aquatic," but I still loved the movie.
Murray is certainly at his best here. He just doesn't know when to let a bit go, though. I especiallyliked the ribbons on the Tux. I think it was well staged and costumed well, as well as acted well. I especially liked the Goldblum part, but I am a big fan. Huston was also very good. I figure Bill doesn't get another Oscar Nod because of last year, but I liked this better than Lost in Translation.
I don't want to rank it in the Wes hierarchy, but it is the best movie of the year, with W.A. superceding Charlie Kauffman in the Quirkmeister General department at the buzzer. It was great to get Goldblum involved, being all Goldblum, and Blanchett had a dazzlin' accent.
Anjelica Huston almost exactly reprises her role from Tenenbaums. For some reason I didn't really care till I left the theater, though. Just really enjoyed this film.
Thinking about it after the fact, it seems more and more like Anderson's last movie. Bill Murray is Gene Hackman, the eccentric, brilliant man who never had time for his family! Anjelica Huston is his hard working, proud but abused wife, reluctant to take him back! Willem Dafoe is Pagoda, the weird but devoted sidekick. The awkward love between Owen Wilson and Gwyeneth Paltrow is between Owen Wilson and another British woman in Cate Blanchett. etc.
But, eh, I still really liked the movie.
(yes, I know Paltrow isn't British, but she might as well be)
The bowie covers were quite excellent and if you get the soundtrack, you are treated to full versions of them all. Soundtrack-wise, this was better then ROYAL TENENBAUMS but not quite as good as RUSHMORE. Mark Mothersbaugh still deserves an oscar nod for it though, cause it's certainly one of the best scores from the past year, but I'm sure he'll get ignored yet again by the academy.
While this is easy to compare to Wes Anderson's last film, you just can't say that you can imagine Gene Hackman doing the boat scene where the accountant gets kidnapped the same way as Bill Murray does it.
I'l need to see it a few more times, but I'm pretty sure I can say I enjoyed it the best out of his four films, however, as I used to watch Jacqes Cousteau every saturday and sunday nights at 7pm, right after Lawrence Welk on our local PBS station, I might be biased, but I'm still pretty sure of my first impression.
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I liked it, but it's my fourth favorite Anderson film (I think. I'd have to watch Tenenbaums again to be sure). I didn't care that much about the characters -- not nearly as much as I cared about Dignan and Max Fischer and Mr. Blume.
But it looks absolutely gorgeous; if you're thinking about seeing it at all, try to see it in the theater.
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Murray is certainly at his best here. [...] I especially liked the Goldblum part, but I am a big fan. Huston was also very good. I figure Bill doesn't get another Oscar Nod because of last year, but I liked this better than Lost in Translation.
No love for William Dafoe? I thought he played his eccentric character incredibly well, accent and all, and had some of the funniest parts in the movie.
"We'll split into two groups I'll take Ned, Ogata, and Wolodarsky."
"Thanks, thanks a lot for not picking me."
In addition, there were also some nice cinematics, most notably the camera work while Owen Wilson is following Murray and arguing with him as they walk through a cross-section view of every room on the ship. And yes, the soundtrack does indeed rock.
One of the silliest and absurd things I have ever seen. But that seems to be what they were going for, so it worked.
Angelica Huston made the movie for me. Her character just cracked me up. The cutaway ship set was brilliant. The CGI sea creatures were so cartoony it was ridiculous, but again, that appeared to be intentional.
It isn't ultimately on the level of "Tenenbaums", which is one of my all-time favorites. But it was better than I expected it to be. It felt kind of long, but I suspect it'll go a lot faster the second time I see it (which will probably be when the DVD comes out.)
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I don't think it's gotten better and better. It's still good, and the run with Heather Graham at the beginning of the year was perhaps their toppest notch, but in the last couple seasons it's gotten overly broad, overly goofy, and overly hammy, IMOHO.