After spending literally minutes of our time trawling through film clips and exploding person gifs (click here for a recap on our top film deaths if you haven’t seen it already) on the Interweb, we figured it was high time to impart the pearl(s) of wisdom we’ve accrued during our online travels.
But, rather than suckerpunch you with a laminated 150-slide Keynote on the dichotomy of Kubrick, Welles et al, we figured we’d dish ‘em out in easy-to-digest hors d’oeuvres. First up – as part of 'Inside the Director's Studio' – we have a chicken confit, roe egg jelly and ... MR ANDERSON! (Repeat in the style of Agent Smith for optimum effect.)
What do Marmite and Wes Anderson have in common? Nope, they’re not both black, viscous spreads (though we haven’t conducted extensive research on the latter’s state of form). Rather, they polarise opinion. You either love or hate Wes’ filmmaking style, and it's this distinct formatting that makes whatever he captures with the red button so striking.
But what is it that sets a Wes Anderson film apart from its peers? What themes pop up in his filmography that make his authorship unquestionable?
Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Anderson creative process. There will be no refunds (hey, we gotta eat like any website), but feel free to take notes to bore/educate the film buff in your life. And ... action!
Are they twee? Or are they charming? All we know is literature plays a huge part in the character arcs of Wes Anderson film casts. Get to know the books you’ll never know outside of his sugarscape now.
Oh, come on. If you hadn’t noticed this Anderson signature, then you deserve to be sat at the back of the class, dunce cap firmly on head. Your punishment? A book review on a Wes Anderson film prop that doesn’t exist.
Look into my eyes. Do I have your attention? Good, because this is the money shot.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Darjeeling Limited
The gorgeous, woozy colour palettes of Wes Anderson films are a thing of rare beauty. Anyone can see that. Except the colour blind.
Google ‘Wes Anderson film without a killer soundtrack’ and whaddya get? NOTHING. Because they don’t exist bro!
Never one to let the pressures of stop motion animation faze him, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is arguably the best cast to have ever been assembled in plasticine. Aside from feature-length animated efforts, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a notable effort that incorporates such illustrated quirks into its fabric.
Love comes in many forms. There’s the unrequited form (which blows, right?). There’s young love (awww), and there’s the Wes Anderson kind of love – the one that makes you feel some type of way. The one that lights up the screen and all those around it with a sense of joy. Too saccharine for your taste? Get outta the cinema boy!
All Wes Anderson casts are created equal. And, with the calibre of the actor buds he can call on, his ensemble casts tend to be pretty darn effective. Yeah, that's Bill Murray being AWESOME.
Ah, the halcyon days of youth. Though most of us look back at the lazy summers of yesteryear with a fond memory, Anderson goes one step further and points a camera lens at ‘em. CC: The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom and pretty much every film Anderson ever made EVER.
So, whether you pledge allegiance to the band of Mr Anderson or feel trapped in a saccharine nightmare whenever you switch on to see Jason Schwartzman doing his thing on your laptop (seriously dude, do you appear in films directed by other people? Just sayin’), one can’t help but be impressed by his continuity. Creating any piece of art with such a strong personality deserves serious credit, no matter what side of the Anderson fence you sit.