Watch: Asteroid City 2023 123movies, Full Movie Online – Following a writer on his world famous fictional play about a grieving father who travels with his tech-obsessed family to small rural Asteroid City to compete in a stargazing event, only to have his world view disrupted forever..
Plot: In an American desert town circa 1955, the itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.
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Writer-director Wes Anderson has lost his way, and this film proves it. I realize that the auteur’s signature style of filmmaking is an acquired taste, and, to his credit, he’s made some fine pictures over the years. But this one is not among them. In fact, contrary to many of the inexplicable claims that this is his finest release, I’d contend just the opposite. It’s arguably his worst, a meandering, cryptic, unfocused piece that’s so muddled you’ll need the assistance of a search party to find your way out of it (that is, if you even care by the time the end of this overlong mess rolls around). The director appears to have become so enamored with his own eccentricity that it doesn’t even seem to matter to him whether or not viewers are on the same page as he is. Admittedly, this offering once again captures Anderson’s singularly stylish look with a stunning production design and gorgeous cinematography. But that’s all it has going for it, and that’s unfortunate given the phenomenal cast he has available to him. What’s more, despite his proficiency in creating superb visual style, he’s forgotten about pairing it with meaningful (or even interesting) substance. Its incomprehensibility and inclusion of bits that are there just for the sake of their own whimsy seriously undercut any effort to make this an intelligible work. In short, “Asteroid City” is yet another major disappointment in what is turning out to be a dreadfully dismal summer movie season. It’s likely to appeal only to diehard fans of the director (and maybe not even a lot of them this time out). If you’re on the fence about this one, consider the following two telling tipoffs: (1) when no one in the theater is laughing at what’s been billed as a comedy, that should speak volumes about it (as happened at the screening I attended); and (2) when you consider how aggressively and ubiquitously the distributors have been promoting this film in ads on TV and the internet, it’s obvious they’re trying awfully hard to peddle shabby, substandard merchandise. This is a huge waste of time and money; don’t squander yours.
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“For fans of Wes Anderson, Asteroid City doesn’t disappoint, offering exactly what was expected from it. For viewers who don’t exactly appreciate the filmmaker’s style, I don’t think this film will convert you.
Personally, it’s nowhere near the level of The Grand Budapest Hotel, but it’s a considerable improvement over The French Dispatch.”
It’s only up from here
As a diehard Wes Anderson fan I was lucky enough to preview this early and was excited to do so. I absolutely loved The French Dispatch and was hoping to see the same strong story telling.
What I got instead was the complete opposite.
Fans will be excited to learn that Wes has finally set out what his previous 10 films have been working towards – an actual play filmed as a movie.
Afterwards I was left thinking that really what he captured was, a movie about a movie about a play about a play. And that’s where the disappointment lies.
No you aren’t watching a story unfold about Asteroid City. You are watching a movie about the play based on the play of Asteroid City.
All of the WA tropes are there – The dialogue is witty, the camera movement is uniquely WA, the celebrity status is tossed aside for silly fun, and the armature animation is great, as every fan wants from a WA film.
But the narrative structure means that ultimately, there’s no story. At least not one that matters.
There’s no arch. No heroes or foes. No obstacles to overcome. Nothing gets solved, and there’s no real payoff. It’s just a story within a story within a story and you the audience is expected to marvel at how terribly clever it is. It’s incredible clever. But it’s not very watchable.
Diehard fans of Wes Anderson will call this a masterpiece, because they pretty much have to at this point. He’s been making movies that tiptoe around them being a play since 1998 and he finally went all-in on this one.
But this comes at a great cost, and the cost is this – ultimately it’s just a series of scenes, one after another, that you don’t care about.
Visually beautiful, but weak narrative lacks heart
As much as I love the artistic visuals and whimsical charm of a Wes Anderson film, this one was mildly disappointing. There were long speeches that didn’t land with humor, weird pacing issues, and a nested framing device of a TV broadcast, the play, and its real-world creators that didn’t do anything for me. Maybe it would take a repeat viewing, because the intention behind this was confusing, and it overshadowed the fine little moments that were scattered throughout the movie. As with The French Dispatch, the cast is jam-packed with stars, but unnecessarily so, as many seemed underused, and it felt like there were too many characters. This one needed simplification, a better story, and more heart.
Original Language en
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Wes Anderson
Writer Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Actors Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
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