Recently, I have been binge watching films by my favorite directors and Wes Anderson is one of them. So today I opted to write an appreciation post for it! Yay!
If you’ve seen any of his movies, you know how identifiable they are. This is mainly due to his set designs. It’s not bad to find a style and stick with it. Anderson is a genius in his own way. His idiosyncratic film style is what makes him incomparable.
You know it’s Wes Anderson film if you see:
•Overhead shots of objects
•Shots of writing
•Characters explaining elaborate plans
•Character running away suddenly
•Characters with dead parents
•Classic rock songs
•A Wilson Brothers
Most Wes Anderson films have a vintage feel due to these sets, however, they do not feel dated at all. His films are art pieces in themselves, it is so easy to appreciate them.
Reasons To Get Watching Wes:
• He uses pastel colors and sticks to a specific palette throughout the entire film. To me, they are incredibly aesthetically pleasing.
Did you know the dreamy dusky pink/ cotton pink candy that’s been everywhere over the last year? Wes did it first!
This is his 2014 Oscar winner The Grand Budapest Hotel has more candy-coloured charm.
• His love of symmetry create very visually pleasing scenes, and his storylines are just as gorgeous. It’s the same as an artist or writer having a specific style.
• All of his films are like a wild roller coaster ride where you have no idea when or where it’s going to end.
Wes fast-paced films give you the giddy feeling. A bit spacey. A bit sped-up.
I always feel like I’m going on an adventure when watching his films and always feel a little exhausted (and sometimes confused) when it ends!
• The Fashion Style
Some of the most amazing style inspiration committed to film comes from Wes Anderson.
Wouldn’t be amazing if we dressed as they did? Faux fur coat, t-shirt minidress and loafers, red beanie, yellow and pink shift dresses and beret. Heck, so cool!
• The Soundtrack
Wes got great choices here so expect a whole tad of retro tracks— The rolling Stones, The Kinks, and The Who everywhere you go to stir your soul. If you’ve ever wished you knew more 60s and 70s references then watch his earlier films
The Aquatic With Steve Zissou for its gorgeous David Bowie covers, The Royal Tenenbaums for The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground and The Darjeeling Limited for classics by The Kinks.
It is very rare that you can watch a movie without seeing the credits and recognize within a few minutes who directed it. His style is so unique to him that you only have to watch one or two of his movies to instantly recognize his quirky style— can be very dry humor but pretty damn hilarious and brilliant. All of them. And the characters in his movies are suppose to be extra— they just have “extra” personality. For example they can be really loud or obnoxious or aggressive or demanding or dramatic. And it’s funny if you realize it’s like that on purpose, it’s for comedy.
He reminds me of Tim Burton who also has such a singular, unique style and vision of movie making. His movies to me are like if a far side cartoon came to life with beautiful cinematograph.
The Royal Tenenbaums is still my favorite Wes Anderson film. A dysfunctional family that loves each other regardless of everyone’s shortcomings? A lot of us can relate. The Grand Budapest Hotel may be his careers masterwork so far but I can’t seem to get over the marvel that is The Royal Tenenbaums. I love the quirky characters that fit somewhere between Dickensian whimsy and Fitzgeraldian fragility. I adore the direction of presenting these characters story inside of a literal book where only these characters can live and would come to be Wes Anderson’s authorial style. I believe The Royal Tenenbaums was where he fully found his voice and with each subsequent film has continued to bring us films full of colorful characters, fragile spirits, whimsical worlds, and fine tuned stories.