Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Whimsical Animals on the Tips of Matchsticks

    I recently rewatched the movie 'The Royal Tennenbaums' for the first time in a long while. It's such a great movie and I remembered all the reasons why I loved it. The visuals aesthetics of that movie are stunning, the soundtrack is amazing, and the characters are all odd, slightly neurotic but lovable. After watching this movie again, I started thinking about how there has been a backlash against Wes Anderson in recent years. A lot of complaints center around his work being too twee and whimsical. These critiques never resonate with me because I love whimsy. And most things that are described as 'twee' I  like, even if the word was used disparagingly. But the dismals of Anderson are to hasty because his movies offer a lot more then twee and whimsy. Originally I was going to write a long defense of Anderson's movies, but instead I'll link to this article which makes a lot of great arguments in Andersons defense. And here is a link to one of my favorite parts of 'The Royal Tennenbaums', and one of the best movie montages ever!
  Also, today I read this really interesting article on Slate about new animals that were discovered in 2012. It features a frog so small it fits on a dime and a chameleon so tiny it fits on the end of a match stick! I love that new animals are still being discovered frequently. It makes the world seem even more full of possibilities.  Like, maybe someday some lucky scientist will discover a rare species of cat that is so small it fits on a dime. Or an explorer in a far off jungle will find the amazing flying monkey!


Optimistic Existentialist said...

I have never seen 'The Royal Tennenbaums' but I have heard from friends that it's the type of humor that I enjoy. I must add it to my 2013 movie list :)

Unifyhandmade said...

I love The Royal Tennenbaums! I love anything that Bill Murray. Great post!

Amber Fauna Finds Flora said...

Keith- You should definitely watch it! I am curious to hear what you think.

Unifyhandmade- I'm glad you like it too!