Rushmore (1998)

Directed By: Wes Anderson

Written By: Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Brian Cox, Seymour Cassel and Olivia Williams

Synopsis:

Now, for some of you, it doesn’t matter. You were born rich, and you’re going to stay rich. But here’s my advice to the rest of you: Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs… And take them down. Just remember: They can buy anything, but they can’t buy backbone. Don’t let them forget that.”

– Bill Murray (Rushmore)

Musings:

It’s a goal of mine to review all of Wes Anderson’s films. I happened to re-watch this golden nugget on a recent flight. I’ve seen it enough times that I felt it was okay to watch it on those washed out small screens. I normally don’t condone watching movies on these screens but if you need time to pass quickly because the person next to you is rubbing up against your leg and smells like Cornish game hen, go for it.

Every time I watch this, I focus on something different. This time around it was the dialogue, which was as flawless on paper as it was in its delivery. Anderson is truly a visionary. Visually, he has come a long way since Rushmore in terms of his colour palette. Don’t get me wrong, there was still tons of style and attention to detail.

The acting was superb. One of my all time favourite Bill Murray roles as it showcased his genius as an actor. The casting in Anderson’s films is perfect, he really understands what his characters are supposed to look like. They jump off the pages of his script.

This film boils over with all kinds of cool, from a fantastic soundtrack to the tasteful slow motion sequences. Hipster to the max… but, before hipster was cool.

Problem: Not enough Mr. Little Jeans

Mood for watching: Attentive

What to eat and drink: Gourmet and whiskey

If I made it: Bill Murray and I would be friends

Why watch: Appreciation of the finer things in life

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