Number of Times Seen – Twice (8 Mar 2002 and 7 Jul 2019)
Brief Synopsis – The members of a very eccentric New York City family get together for the first time in years when the estranged patriarch reveals that he is dying.
My Take on it – I have never been a fan of Wes Anderson or his movies yet felt it was time to revisit this film after 17 years.
Anderson is known for being able to create strange situations for his characters yet at the same time, he makes them so eccentric that they must find a way to be content living within the confines that they find themselves in.
This film is overly crammed with too many story lines which makes things a bit complicated while at the same time it’s hard to try and figure out what the main story line is talking about the whole time because it’s all goes in so many crazy directions.
Each of these story lines go off in different directions and things quickly get out of hand along the way.
The cast of this film is filled with some very talented actors who each are able to transform themselves into these characters quirks and all yet still find a way to feel real.
Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray and Gwenyth Paltrow all have significant roles here.
The story itself gets a bit convoluted along the way and that has much to do with the way that they are trying to cram so much narrative into everything as they can which ultimately makes things feel very overcrowded the whole way through.
Bottom Line – Anderson once again manages to create a very strange film filled with extremely strange characters. The various story lines of the different family members go in crazy directions and things get a bit out of hand along the way. The cast is filled with a who’s who list of talented actors of the time and each does a wonderful job playing these very odd characters and making them seem somewhat real despite their very apparent quirks. The story gets quite convoluted along the way especially since they try to cram much too much narrative and side stories as they can, but this causes things to seem overcrowded along the way.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gene Hackman mentioned in interviews that he was somewhat hesitant to accept the part, as he felt that he himself had been insensitive to his own family at different points in his life. He asked them if they would find him playing this character uncomfortable for their own sakes. They all agreed he should accept the part. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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