Who doesn’t love an indie film every once in a while? I sure do. Director Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel recently won 4 Oscars, including Best Achievement in Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, as well as Best Original Score. This movie tells of the adventures of a concierge and his lobby boy living in the fictional country of Zubrowka during the 1930s.
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)
I adore Wes Anderson films. They are my comfort food with those recurring color palettes, the lovable quirkiness of every character, and Bill Murray’s acting. There are many beautiful movies out there, ones I love to watch simply for that reason. But they never compare to writer, director, and producer Anderson’s, because his story lines never fail to be compelling. The evidence is clear based on his previous constructions: a dapper fox arguing with his counterpart in a tube sock whilst outsmarting farmers (Fantastic Mr. Fox); two twelve-year-olds running away on an epic New England adventure, eventually proving themselves more mature than any of the film’s adults (Moonrise Kingdom); and the most charming high school student [probably ever] named Max Fischer, who saved Latin (Rushmore). There’s something about disappearing into another world through film, a world somewhat resembling reality yet not quite. It’s a vibrant creation where every word makes an impact and life moves to a soundtrack of Françoise Hardy and Elliott Smith. Anderson and his masterpieces are critically acclaimed and his talent is hardly breaking news. But in the words of Steve Zissou (The Life Aquatic), “I’m not big on apologizing. So I’ll just skip it if it’s all the same to you.”