Rushmore is good.. and I want to like it, I just hate the main character too much. It’s my own little cross to bear I suppose. Don’t get me wrong, when I sort the 7 flicks 1-7 they’re all at least a 7/10, I just prefer Rushmore the least.
Seems silly to claim that the Life Aquatic isn’t a good film. It boasts a bevy of fleshed-out supporting characters, some powerful emotional moments and a setting actually befitting Anderson’s fantasy scapes.
I’d rank Wes Anderson flicks thusly (and whoever said Wes Anderson was the next Tim Burton I’m wanting to punch, hard, in the solar plexus – Wes Anderson has been making movies for 16 years now with nary a turd. In 16 years, Tim Burton went from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure to Planet of the Paul Giamatti Oragutan and Charlie and the Johnny Depp shark is long gone Factory.)
1. Life Aquatic (it’s the most complete universe)
2. Royal Tenenbaums
3. Darjeeling Limited
4. Fantastic Mr. Fox
5. Moonrise Kingdom
6. Bottle Rocket
7. Rushmore. I absolutely LOATHE Schwartzman in this flick. Probably because he’s a smug secret Coppola.
In my experience, Wes Anderson fans either LOVE Rushmore, or they LOVE The Life Aquatic.. but they all love The Royal Tenenbaums. And for the record, a 12 year old talking about boners isn’t creepy. It’s only creepy if a 12 year old either shows or uses said boner. 12 year old boys are basically always in a constant state of boner-dom.