You may have heard of Wes Anderson, the funky director whose most recent film is The Grand Budapest Hotel. All of his movies are unique, yet they can be drawn back to a few characteristics that make them a pure Anderson film. You know that you are watching a Wes Anderson movie if there is a distinct color palette. Anderson is also a fan of symmetry, family, nostalgia, Billy Murray and Owen Wilson. Anderson has a knack for finding wonderful composers.
Check out the newly released book The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz for a wonderful inside look into Wes Anderson’s mind.
Here I will introduce my 5 favorite Wes Anderson films. Enjoy!
Two 12 year olds fall in love and flee together on an adventure, causing a scare in their small town. Bookworm Suzy Bishop and Khaki Scout Sam Shakusky are both headstrong young people who feel a strong connection to one another.
Period setting: 1965
Quote: “We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?” (Suzy)
Best song: Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra, Op. 34: Themes A-F – Bernstein & The NY Philharmonic
Three brothers travel across India in an attempt to reconnect and bond with one another.
Period setting: 21st century
Quote: “I wonder if the three of us would’ve been friends in real life. Not as brothers, but as people.” (Jack)
The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of the adventures of concierge Gustave H and his lobby boy as they work together to prove the innocence of Gustave H after he is framed for murder.
Period settings: 1932, 1968, 1985
Quote: “I was perhaps for a time considered the best lobby boy we ever had at the Grand Budapest. I think I can say that. This one finally surpassed me. Although I must say, I am an exceptional teacher.” (Gustave H)
Three siblings were child prodigies but experienced failure and disappointment when their father left them when they were young. Now the Tenenbaum family reunites when the father announces that he is has a terminal illness.
Period setting: 1970s
Quote: “I think we’re just gonna have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that.” (Margot)
Steve Zissou is a quirky oceanographer with a plan to get revenge on the ‘Jaguar shark’ that killed his partner. Zissou goes on an adventure with his estranged wife, a journalist, and a manwho might be his son.
Period setting: 1970s
Quote: “Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.” (Steve Zissou)