7/28/2005 Add a comment

compared to Wes Anderson's first three films. What was the problem with it? I mean the fundamental problem, not the stupid CGI crap?

This Slate article argues that it was the absence of Owen Wilson in the writing credits. And you know what, I believe it. The plot really fell apart midway through and never picked itself back up, and the "action" elements were neither particularly funny nor exciting.

The author strengthens her case by citing the DVD commentary of Anderson's earlier movies, which Owen and Wes co-narrate. There's a certain je ne sais qua that Owen brings to the table in these conversations, both hilarious and knowledgeable on film at the same time. If you love the Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, and Bottle Rocket like I do, go listen to the DVD commentaries. ben