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Asteroid City (2023)

Directed by:
Wes Anderson
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Comedy/Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Asteroid City

RUNNING TIME
105 minutes

Produced by:
Wes Anderson
Steven Rales
Jeremy Dawson
Written by:
Wes Anderson
Roman Coppola


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Augie Steenbeck Jason Schwartzman
Midge Campbell Scarlett Johansson
Stanley Zak Tom Hanks
General Gibson Jeffrey Wright -
Dr. Hickenlooper Tilda Swinton
The host Bryan Cranston -
Conrad Earp Edward Norton -
Schubert Green Adrien Brody -
J.J. Kellogg Liev Schreiber -
Sandy Borden Hope Davis -
Roger Cho Stephen Park -
Montana Rupert Friend -
June Douglas Maya Hawke -

Motel manager

Steve Carell -
Mechanic Matt Dillon -
Polly Hong Chau -
Saltzburg Keitel Willem Dafoe -
Steenbeck's wife Margot Robbie -
Gen. Gibson's aide-de-camp Tony Revolori -
Woodrow Jake Ryan
Dinah Grace Edwards
Clifford Aristou Meehan -
Shelly Sophia Lillis -
Ricky Ethan Josh Lee -
The alien Jeff Goldblum -

 

Review

Wes Anderson welcomes us back to another version of his stylized cinematic worlds, this time a time-travel back to a futuristic, glossy 1950s take on Americana, where avant-garde vending machines, hopeful stargazing, and washed-out Hollywood starlets compete for attention. Of course, Anderson also includes a half-baked story-within-the-story (why wouldn't he), which if nothing else gives the likes of Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton and Adrien Brody some time to frolic about. But neither the frame story nor the main storyline really ever become more than the sum of their parts, and almost every single character and line of dialogue in this very Andersonesque microcosm has the cadence and feel of "The Wes Anderson Character", except perpaps for Scarlett Johansson's Midge Campbell the movie's most interesting character. Despite all this, Asteroid City still is a delightful watch, not least thanks to the wonderful art direction which feels like a combination of an Edward Hopper painting and some of Anderson's best visual ideas.

Copyright 21.07.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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