8.25/10. just a quirky, fun movie. pretty tempted to bump it to 8.5 as i feel this might be wes anderson's best film since 'rushmore' and maybe best film overall.
if you're not a fan of anderson, give this movie one last shot. if you still don't like him, well, i guess he just doesn't suit you.
i know some of his main criticisms are that he's 'artsy' and pretentious/hipster. he really doesn't follow a formula though. don't get me wrong...if you're familiar with him, you know this is an anderson film. i just feel he was able to blend just about everything together to really create a nice story in this one.
i don't like to make the comparison but it reminds me of a shakespearean comedy. tons of irony and over the top moments that just engages the audience.
he also harkens back a lot and some of those little details remind me of the coen bros. they take entirely different approaches, but i really feel that they reach similar conclusions in a roundabout way.
the way anderson shoots....again, this is either something that annoys the crap out of you or you roll with it. i personally am in the latter category. i'd take his style over shaky cam, lame CGI and fish lens garbage. nice timing with his shots. the one main criticism i've always had is that his sets always look forced and unnatural. he needs to messy it up a bit and take some chances. his sets look like 'hollywood' sets and that's never a good sign. borrow from nature and the real world more and don't worry about 'square' costume design.
there's some really nice unexpected lines here. i just about lol'd when bill murray straight up lifted the tent and willis' character just put his car in reverse. then there was the 'sir, do you have your medicine?' line.
the first half of the movie is about as action packed as you get for an anderson film. that's not a ton so take it for what it's worth. this is a movie that will make you smile, think, feel hopeful and feel somewhat sad at the same time. i'd say that's pretty good.
oh, it's also some of the best kid acting storytelling i've seen since the sandlot, goonies, ET and super 8. it ranks way up there. i wouldn't really disagree with anyone that called this anderson's apex thus far.