Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saorise Ronan, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, F Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Owen Wilson, Mathieu Amalric, Lea Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson, Bob Balaban, Fisher Stevens.
Directed By Wes Anderson
What a delightfully perfect, quirky movie. Is this Wes Anderson’s best film? I think it just might be.
Wes Anderson directs a murder mystery with a flair of crime caper and madcap comedy. His actors pull out their best, and quirkiest performances. The film is beautifully shot. Ralph Fiennes, in particular, gives one of his best performances, probably since The Constant Gardner. Tony Revolori is a great breakthrough performance.
Adrien Brody is particularly nasty in his role. Tilda Swinton is unrecognizably good. Really, the whole cast steps it up. It’s got a terrific score behind it. It’s an undiscovered gem of a film. It’s the film that comes out of nowhere, that you wonder where it came from. It’s not like anything really being done in film, and that’s what’s always so great about Wes Anderson movies.
Moonrise Kingdom got heaps of praise, but this is better. This should easily get a Best Picture nomination at the end of the year. It’s one of the best films of the year, and Wes Anderson’s finest work. Yes, I’m saying this, and I love Rushmore as much as the next guy. I loved The Royal Tenenbaums. But Wes Anderson truly gets better with age. He knows how to balance his quirky style with an increased storytelling ability.
This is a must- see film, especially if you just love film as an art form. Wes Anderson’s masterpiece.
FINAL GRADE: A