War and the resistance to it are timeless. Alex Cox doesn’t allow such insignificant narrative elements such as chronology or realism to get in the way of a good yarn - or a political point; a true story is still a story and so reliant on the whims of the storyteller as well as their opinions and worldview. A scathing satire, with a brilliant central performance by Ed Harris, might just make this Alex Cox’s masterpiece.
Wes Anderson truly officiates over his own world, it resembles ours but isn’t it. It’s also not necessarily a ‘better’ world; characters are flawed, deaths are brutal and tragedy hits regularly and with a devastating force.
Real action, puppets and miniatures, voiceover and non-diegetic narration all pull together - it shouldn’t work, but it does and it rarely fails. Unlike Tarantino’s approximation of our world, Anderson’s pulls us in through connections, which are beautifully balanced (sometimes emphasised) by his formal…