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Cannes Film Review: Wes Anderson's 'Asteroid City' Delightful Skills

Few people have quite as much gravitas in Hollywood as Wes Anderson. In the final decade of his nearly 30 career, Anderson’s reputation alone has persuaded some of the world’s biggest movie stars to appear on screen for a few minutes, each Movies are a hodgepodge of returning collaborators. His latest quirky yet romantic Asteroid City is no exception. Many old friends pop up — Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Ed Norton — but now Academy Award nominee Scarlett They’re also joined by Johnson, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hanks, all of whom join the director’s precisely calibrated visual effects universe for the first time.

Anderson’s recent films have consistently conveyed what we now expect from him: Isle of Dogs is a dry comedy animation; The French Dispatch , an engaging and fast-paced exploration of newspaper journalism. Both worked, and both were huge successes, but the dizzying frenzy of The French Dispatch

makes it easy to miss what it has to offer. Asteroid City , a more languid film that moves at a cadence that matches the sentimentality of its story.

This year it is , set in a small desert town where industry experts, young science students and their parents gather for viewing star convention. Augie Steinbeck (Schwartzman), a war photographer, is accompanied by his bright son Woodrow (Jack Lane) and three young daughters. Their mother (Robbie) died some time ago and he’s been reluctant to tell them, but when their car breaks down on the side of the road, the truth comes out. Auggie admits that his plan is to leave the kids with their grandfather (Hanks) and deal with his grief alone.

However, it was another parent who healed his grief. At the convention, famous Hollywood actor Mitch Campbell (Johnson) was present. Their simple dwellings are across the road from each other, so they talk at a distance through the windows in perfect Anderson-esque frames. Sometimes they run the line together; on other occasions, Midge poses for Augie’s camera.

What we see in these scenes is actually a play called Asteroid City, the story and the stage are you – The subject of Anderson’s film. These poppy scenes, performed in the desert for an audience we can’t see, make up the bulk of the action, while some black-and-white interludes are narrated by Bryan Cranston (as “host”) and starring Adrien Brody as Director of the show – Describes how the play was made. If that sounds convoluted, Anderson’s film unfolds at such a steady pace that following it isn’t a problem.




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