I'll admit to, at turns, both under- and over-estimating Wes Anderson. Progressively impressed by his first two films, I was ready to lead the backlash after The Royal Tenenbaums, which, save for a few undeniably successful setpieces, struck me as whiny and cloying, a wishy-washy tone poem coasting on star power. If I never saw another intertitle set in Futura Book typeface, it would have been too soon.

Judging by the middling critical reception bestowed opon Anderson's next film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Anderson Backlash may have been more powerful than even I had realised - did we all go into that film expecting more slow, precocious torture, and did we leave ready and willing to pounce? 
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