Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rushmore (1998, W. Anderson)

 Rating: ****

Max Fisher (Jason Schwartzman) is a character of multiple pursuits and a singular drive: he’s a dreamer, treating reality at hand not as a mere circumstance, but as an invitation to act.

The movie tells a story of Max letting go of one dream, and of realizing many smaller ones instead. The final scene has Max directing his new play, and dancing with a woman he knows won’t ever be his. What Rushmore really says, is that letting go of an unattainable dream doesn’t necessarily mean settling for less.

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