Saturday, July 29, 2023

Asteroid City

Saturday night, Sharon and I watched Asteroid City as a rental on AppleTV. Tom, Kevin and Eric had seen the movie in the theaters and liked the film; they rated it four out of five stars.

Asteroid City is a comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Wes Anderson [The Grand Budapest Hotel]. It is from a story he wrote with Roman Coppola.

It features a very large ensemble cast including Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, and Jeff Goldblum.

The plot simultaneously depicts the events of a Junior Stargazer convention in a retrofuturistic version of 1955, staged as a play, and the creation of the play. It is homage to popular memory and mythology of UFOs witnessed in the Southwestern desert in close proximity to atomic test sites after World War II.

When it was over, Sharon said "that she wanted her hour and fourty-five minutes back." The movie is quirky and visually stunning; the sets are meticulously designed to evoke the look and feel of the atomic age. I didn't dislike it, but don't recommend it unless you are a fan of Wes Anderson.

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