Review - "Rushmore" (1998) (Touchstone Pictures)

WriterDave By WriterDave, 28th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1vbiz34d/
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First films for actors are usually one's they would rather forget. This usually isn't any reflection upon the actor himself, only an illustration of how difficult it is to be a successful movie actor in the first place. Every so often, however, an actor gets a chance to shine in his/her film debut. Whether this is part luck, who-you-know, or savvy intuition is anyone's guess. Schwartzman is one such actor who lucked out with a phenomenal first film that launched a promising career.

Anderson and Schwartzman: Talent from the Start

“Rushmore” is Wes Anderson’s second film and debuts actor Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman is the son of actress Talia Shire from “Rocky” fame, and is also related to the Coppola‘s. “Rushmore” is a black comedy with an element of pathos. Anderson is the auteur of Generation X. His list of films are all signature work - one can tell a Wes Anderson film in the first minute of watching it. In “Rushmore,” Schwartzman plays a high school prodigy so well it seems as if he might have been one himself.

Anderson is the master of the sardonic touch, and casts Bill Murray ( a frequent Anderson alum) as an over-the-hill Romeo with an element of sadness and dry humor. Schwartzman and Murray square off in a battle of wits in an attempt to woo the same woman, played by British actress Olivia Williams.

The script, co-written by Anderson and actor Owen Wilson, is especially apt to those who can see both the absurdity and wonder of life. Anderson’s pacing is brilliant, with a keen eye for detail, and odd line delivery. Once you’ve seen one Anderson film and enjoyed it, you’ll want to see them all, from “The Royal Tenenbaums” all the way through “Moonrise Kingdom.” Anderson displays a flair for period films with the look of the mid-sixties. His “Fantastic Mr. Fox” was an homage to stop-motion animation that updated the art form into the new millennium.

Watch for the ‘in’ joke in “Rushmore” as Schwartzman’s character puts on theater plays which are sophisticated, pretentious, ambitious, and oddly hilarious.

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Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Wes Anderson

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