Escaped the sun for a couple of hours yesterday and went to see this. I'm heavily biased by being a massive Wes Anderson fan, and this felt like the most Wes Andersony film imaginable, but I really loved it. Possibly jumping in as my second favourite after Tenembaums (though I'd need to see it again to confirm).
The thing that struck me was the attention to detail. I just wanted to pause every frame to look at the pictures on the wall and see the books on the shelves. The design, as you'd expect is fantastic, and this feels like his most fully realised world yet, a whole island for him to play in.
The cast is fantastic, as expected. Murray and Schwartzman do their thing perfectly, and Willis, Norton and McDormand are great additions. A cameo from Harvey Keitel as a Baden-Powell-alike is mega. And Tilda Swinton! Shit, what a cast. And importantly, the kids are really watchable, even if they fluff some of their lines.
Even though it's about young love (the dancing scene on the beach is amazing and cringy in equal measures), the most poignant bit was when Suzy's mum is giving her a bath, and she realises she's found the 'coping with a troublesome child' book. It's devastating. Anyone who thinks Anderson has no substance and can't deal with emotion should watch it and reassess.
Seen it yet? What do you thing?