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I feel like maybe Wes Anderson, The Royal Tanenbaums aside, just isn't for me. The dry humor is bone dry. The awkward moments are painfully awkward. I didn't care enough about the characters to want to follow their journey. Having said that, there's such a unique aesthetic to this film that kept me watching. I felt like I was reading a Victorian pop-up book by way of The Beatles album covers.
I give 3 stars not to a movie (it's a 5-star one for sure, I wouldn't buy it otherwise). But the Criterion Collection in the title is very wrong, the DVD case is cheap and there's no 2nd disc with the extra from Criterion.
The more I watch it the more i think Tenenbaums is Anderson's only unique film. Even though I think this comes after that. Nice seettings, strange atmosphere, a constant play with cinema language and genre cliche (even documentary and informational films) all mixed into something that constantly bounce between parody and self-referred dreamlike world, like a dolls house. But that's Anderson and, after the first refreshing impression, it leaves you cold and a little empty. In a cute way, but empty
Devo dire che mi aspettavo di più da questo film dopo aver visto "Grand Budapest Hotel" come primo film di Wes Anderson. Il ritmo incalzante e "colorato" è lo stesso, il cast stellare anche, l'aspetto comico invece è inferiore. Resta comunque un film particolare da vedere per gli amanti delle commedie che esulano dalla scorreggia con ascella alla De Sica dei cinepanettoni.