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Monday, August 19, 2013

184 of 1001 Movies: Rushmore (1998)

Wes Anderson is sort of the leader of quirky, independent comedy. Though I've already reviewed Rushmore once here, I thought I really needed to go back and watch it again. I am very glad I did, because the movie was much better the second time around, and it seemed to just resonate more with me. Max isn't really the most lovable character there is, but I think he embodies a lot about people that sort of is something a viewer can relate to. His ambitious nature are easy to admire, but not how he goes about it, and it's easy to relate to the idea that he has grown comfortable at his school and his ability to lead there that he doesn't want to leave.

Summary: Max is a student at Rushmore. His grades are suffering, but he is know for being apart of the most activities there, and even creating a lot of them. His involvement is great, but it doesn't mean so much to the president of the school when his grades are suffering and he can't help him maintain staying there any longer. One of the speakers at the school, Herman Blume, takes notice of Max though and takes him under his wing, when the two begin vying for the affection of the same woman, Rosemary Cross.


Acting: Jason Schartzman doesn't seem to have the biggest range, but he works for the roles he chooses. His best role though has to be this one as Max though. Max doesn't seem like the most poplar guy, but he is mature n certain ways. Schartzman looks the part and seems to know the part himself so he brings it to life very well. Bill Murray is Herman Blume, and I think he is well cast as well. Herman is by no means a perfect character, and he is very flawed to his approach in life. The way Murray portrays him though is filled with humor and conveys a lot of emotions despite his calm demeanor throughout the movie. There is also Rosemary Cross portrayed by Olivia Williams. The life she gives her sort of makes you see why Herman and Max are competing for her despite the fact Max is her student and he is constantly having to fend him off. I also just realized that Murray and Williams were in Hyde Park on Hudson together.

Filming: The filming is everything that a Wes Anderson fan might ask for in a movie. The color pops, the angles are interesting, and the music is matches with the scenes very well. Some scenes really took an extra pop of attitude because of the choice of music. You also have the centered angles and other angles to create shots that caught the mood, mostly awkward moments, to create the humor of the situation between the characters.

Plot: The plot keeps your interest well too. Since the movie isn't too long it sums everything up in very nice timing. There is not a scene that needs to be expanded on. I also like some of the underlining themes and how Max is ultimately just trying to find a place to fit in. He takes part in some many things, and by the end he seems to have finally found a comfortable spot for himself as a 15 year old.

Rushmore is one of the Wes Anderson's best. If you saw Moonrise Kingdom then this movie sort of brings to life a lot of the similar patterns that story does. The soundtrack for this movie is also really remarkable and it's easy to match with certain staple scenes. It's definitely one of the coolest soundtracks that I have heard. You also have a cast of characters that are deeply flawed and easy for someone to access because they don't feel above you in persona. Max is just a very awkward teen who is in his own world trying to find a place in it.

Rating 9 of 10.


Rushmore (1998) on IMDb

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