If you don't know who Wes Anderson is, then you can count on me saying a rosary for your uncultured soul. That's all I have to say about that.
To kick off this new segment of mine where I will be trying my best to convey to you the pure genius of actors and actresses and the characters they have played in Wes Anderson's films is one of my favorite actors of all time whose aged so brilliantly, Bill Murray.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Need I say more.
[after reading a private investigator's research on Margot's background, which reveals she's been a smoker since she was 12, she married a man in Jamaica at 19, has had numerous affairs and one-night stands with men and women, including Eli Cash] "She smokes."
In an interview for this movie, Bill Murray said, "These characters don't have any controls on them, especially this fellow in Life Aquatic. He doesn't have any censors that say the next thing you're going to say might be bad behaviour, so you might want to hold that back and he just sort of lets go. There's no governor here holding him back and all the emotions are expressed. He is hit, bang, and out it comes which is kind of fun to play. You don't get to do that in life that often because you're supposed to obey some rules of politeness or respect and we don't have time for that in the movies. Wes wants to see the emotion right now so it's kind of a treat to do that."
Here Murray plays an unnamed business man who opens the movie running to catch a train in India. Spoiler alert, the movie has nothing to do with his character. He simply plays a minor role who's purpose plays into the greater meaning of the film: the Western habit of getting caught up in things.
Clive Badger is the close friend and lawyer of Mr. Fox. In their friendship, he is the more reasonable and level headed one, disapproving of his friend's reckless behavior. Can we just take a minute to admire the time and effort put into all the little details of this film? ... Okay minute's done, let's carry on.
In this "eccentric pubescent love story", Murray plays Walt Bishop, a morose father and husband to a troubled preteen daughter who has ran away from home and a wife who is having an affair with the sheriff. If I might add, there's a video on the interwebs where he gives a drunken tour of the set.
Who better to play the nutty leader of a secret society of top European concierges, the Society of the Crossed Keys than Bill Murray. This movie marks the 7th collaboration between Wes and Bill. It isn't hard to recognize the magic that is their partnership. One may even put it as a father/ son relationship made in Heaven.
That concludes this week's Wes Anderson Wednesday! I highly recommend all of these films and any film starring Bill Murray. I'm actually thinking about watching "Lost in Translation" later tonight with all this Murray talk. ALSO, if you ever find yourself playing Apples to Apples with me and you play the Bill Murray card when I'm card czar, you will ALWAYS WIN NO MATTER WHAT THE GREEN CARD IS. That or Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis for reasons I choose not to disclose quite yet.
One last thing before I go...