Dear Wes Anderson
Why does it take you so long to make a movie?
That Anderson came up with this fanciful new-millennium fabrication suggests that he, and the other Eccentrics, want to work more, and that they need a mythology to define their own filmmaking era. Anderson's movie-within-a-commercial recalls the antic film parodies staged as prep-school pageants in Rushmore—a poignant act toward wish-fulfillment and self-realization. That's the impulse the Eccentrics have in common: They want to be appreciated as whiz kids—the gifted children of the counterculture. This social development gains nuance and significance each time you see Anderson's celebratory, confessional spot. Because My Life, My Card has the stylish breadth and the Crayola-bright look of Anderson's previous films, it raises your hopes for the splendidly eccentric movies we're thirsting for. But, as funny, lovely, and candid as this mini meta-movie is, given the paucity and slowness of the Eccentrics' output, it's just a mirage.
Film and music critic Armond White's book on Morrissey, Knee Deep in Great Experiences, will be published next year.