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Fri Feb 26, 2021, 02:09 AM

My husband convinced me to watch a Wes Anderson movie (I'd never seen one)

So we watched "The Royal Tenenbaums"

It was OK. I guess I don't see the big appeal, but it was OK.
I did chuckle a few times.

He certainly has a distinct style, but it didn't win me over with this movie.

Is there a better Wes Anderson flick?

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 02:18 AM

1. Rushmore

Outstanding comedy.

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Response to stevil (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 02:34 AM

2. Seconded...

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 02:43 AM

3. I've never watched it, but movie geeks seem to have special affection for his 1st, "Bottle Rocket"

Some of that though is likely because of the novelty of a new director with their new distinct voice/sensibility/style.

Martin Scorsese did a special episode of Roger Ebert's show (after Siskel died, before Roeper became permanent cohost) where they named their top ten movies of the 90s, and Scorsese put Bottle Rocket on his list.

It was a commercial failure ($5 million budget, $0.5 million box office) upon release but highly rated by critics.

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 02:49 PM

10. I love "Bottle Rocket," but I wouldn't recommend it to someone already on the fence

about Wes Anderson. It has some rough edges, and really drags in spots, despite not being very long.

But it is very funny and charming, especially pretty much whenever Owen Wilson's character is onscreen.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 03:01 AM

4. I wouldn't say any of his movies are significantly 'better' ... Tenenbaum's is a pretty

representative example, and definitely among his best, much like Fargo would be for the Coen's, or Pulp Fiction for Tarantino.

I loved Royal Tenenbaums, but I like quirky, random shit in general. Napoleon Dynamite is a great example ... super random, and slyly funny ... but it has to be 'your kind' of humor.

Rushmore is probably his most popular and I could easily see someone finding it 'better than' Royal Tanenbaum's ... to me they're about equal.

Hi Tina

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 11:18 AM

6. Hey you!!

I loved Napoleon Dynamite.

Maybe I just wan't in the right frame of mind when I watched the Royal Tanenbaums. I was really tired after a rough day.
I didn't dislike it or anything, I guess I found it mildly amusing. But I guess I didn't get why people really love his work.
I'd certainly give another of his movies a try.
Make sure I'm in a better frame of mind when doing it.

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Response to Coventina (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 11:22 AM

7. If you partake, I recommend the proverbial 'herbal enhancements' for your viewing pleasure

As mentioned below, The Grand Budapest Hotel is another very good movie of Wes's.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 08:46 AM

5. My Favorite Wes Anderson Film is The Grand Budapest Hotel - It's On YouTube

The other WA movies I've watched didn't bowl me over. He has a passionate fan base including A class actors who seem eager to sign on to his projects even if it's just a cameo role.

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Response to Indykatie (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 11:23 AM

8. That was indeed a delightful movie! (nt)

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 11:32 AM

9. Wes Anderson flicks are an acquired taste.

A taste I haven't acquired, to date.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 03:33 PM

11. try Isle of Dogs for soemthing a little different from The Royal Tanenbaums

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 06:05 PM

12. Moonrise Kingdom!!! also Grand Budapest Hotel

my personal favorites.

FWIW I wasn't a big fan of Tanenbaums either

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