Hi guys! What a beautiful day to discuss Rushmore (it's 60 degrees in February)! Rushmore was Wes Andersons second film, and his first including legend and favorite Bill Murray. According to the interview, Murray did the film for practically nothing, just because he believed in it. This speaks volumes to Murray's already well known character. This is also the first of Wes's films where he builds a part of the set, which are one of the best things about Wes's films, in my opinion. However, most of the movie is filmed in one of two preexisting high schools. Anderson has a connection to both, he attended one and his father attended the second school they shot at. Rushmore was also the first time Anderson cast Jason Schwartzman, and like Murray, it is not the last time either. Schwartzman is the lead in this film though, and he seems to fit the part perfectly. That's how the casting always appears in Wes's movies, he really nails down the ideal people to play his characters.
I've always thought this is the most realistic out of Anderson's films, to date. Of course, anything can happen (except for a dressed and talking family of foxes, to my dismay). Even a beautifully pink hotel that is involved in a murder mystery is plausible in some parts of the world. Rushmore though, is the most relatable. We all know at least one over-achiever. Although, maybe not one quite so involved in school clubs as Max. I don't think my high school even offered that many clubs. It's something we can easily imagine and is very believable. I'm not sure Wes really thought it mattered that Max was relatable though, I think he cared more about getting the idea through that those achievements didn't amount to anything, considering Max is still a failure. In the end though, Max finally triumphs with his play, and delivers the message that people should really only do what they're passionate about.
We should also address that this is the second film that Wes and Owen Wilson wrote together. I had never noticed before that Wilson had actually written these movies with Wes. I just thought he was a favorite to cast. Now that I know though, I think you can notice a difference in the ones written with and without Wilson. The later ones written without Owen, Moonrise Kingdom/Fantastic Mr. Fox/Grand Budapest Hotel to name a few, show off Anderson's personal style more. Of course, at that point, Wes had refined his vision even more, but I think those are just better. They're more visual, and as a visual learner and overall person, I can't think of anything more exciting. I can't wait to keep getting more into these interviews for each movie! Stay tuned next month for a recap on The Royal Tenebaums!