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  • Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket

    ★★

    The last of my Wes Anderson marathon is his first film. It doesn't have the art directed polish of nearly every film that follows but it does have something in common with his later work: the film drags in the middle before finally getting to the meat in the final half hour. I also found another common scene found throughout many of his films: an amateurish bout of fisticuffs. (See also Royal Tenenbaums and Darjeeling.) Anyways, the movie is okay but near the bottom of the Anderson pile for me.

  • The Darjeeling Limited

    The Darjeeling Limited

    ★★★

    Darjeeling feels both familiar and different from Wes Anderson's other films. It feels like it has a more traditional story of the brothers overcoming their animosity and distrust for each other through a bonding journey. In comparing themes across Anderson's films, there's the non-present parent—this time the mother, played by Anjelica Huston—and that's pretty much it. No sidekick, no infidelity (unless you count the stewardess's fling), and no redemption—at least not like Anderson's other films. (I don't think the brothers were redeemed, just able to let go of their distrust.) The film didn't knock my socks off but neither did it disappoint.

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  • Power Rangers

    Power Rangers

    ★★★

    Took the kids. Or rather, the kids took me. I know very little about the Power Ranger universe but knew enough. The movie spends close to half the time just setting up the characters, preparing them for battle. The second half of the movie is where the action is but it feels like it ended more quickly than it should have. Maybe after seeing Logan and John Wick, I had other expectations. The next movie will likely be more action…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★

    Similar to Grand Budapest, I felt like the story dragged, scenes going on for longer than they needed. If it were possible to overdo Anderson movies, I may have done so. With so much saccharine visuals, it's hard to appreciate each film on their own. Together they all feel overly designed for the sake of design.