Billy's Film Reviews.

A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!

Rushmore – 1998

rushsept09Symmetry, quirkiness, enchanting scores, cooky characters, elaborate dialogue and Bill Murray – staples for Wes Anderson. His second picture and second highest rated on Empire’s 500 list, “Rushmore”, also starring another staple in Jason Schwartzman, is nothing of a radicle departure from the norm, and I for one am not complaining.
Arguably the film that shaped a lot of events to come, “Rushmore” is a delightfully infuriating picture that is just jam packed full of everything Anderson.

Max Fischer is a 15 year-old student who appears to be going on 30. Hellbent on attending a prestigious private school named Rushmore, he becomes the college’s extra-curricula activity organiser while he struggles in almost every one of his classes.
He fantasises both in and out of class about solving unsolvable problems and being in a relationship with Olivia Williams’ Rosemary Cross, a teacher who shares similar ways of thinking and all round attitude; or so he believes. 

RM02After befriending industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray), Max finds himself under his wing, becoming heavily involved with Blume’s way of life. But it’s after Blume and Cross begin to see one another that circumstances change dramatically. From that moment onwards, tension, rivalry, drama and stage plays ensue, making for some excellent up and down narrative succession.

It’s been said that Herman Blume was the character that truly kicked off the archetypal character Bill Murray has perfected ever since.
The character in question is the droopy, dull, slow-paced man that is capable of exploding, but only on very rare occasions. For the most part, he’s plodding along at his own pace, expressing most about his character through is lack of excitement and exaggeration – see “Broken Flowers” (2005)

Bill-Murray-RushmoreThere hasn’t been a follow-up performance from Jason Schwartzman that surpasses his efforts as Fischer.
For me, this is the definitive Schwartzman character that truly made his abundance of talents known to the world. I’m so happy that he, along with Murray and even Luke Wilson for that matter, have developed an ongoing relationship with Anderson, and that says a lot about the director himself.
For world-class talent such as this to continue to come back and work time after time proves that Anderson is doing a lot of things right. Long may it continue!
“Rushmore” is a brilliantly funny picture with a lot more laugh-out-loud moments than some others. I wouldn’t call it is all-time best, but it is definitely up there!

4/5

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