I have just finished watching all 8 movies by the great director Wes Anderson! I am absolutely in love with his unique, but distinct style, where the camera, sound and colours play such a significant role.
Bottle Rocket, 1996, was Wes’ first feature film, where three friends plan to pull off a robbery and go on the run. The humour was evident throughout, and resulted in an enjoyable, easy-going movie. “They’ll never catch me… because I’m fucking innocent.” – Dignan, Bottle Rocket.
Following this movie in 1998, is the unusual story of Max Fischer in the film Rushmore; Max attends the school of Rushmore, whereby, although failing most classes, is the king of extra-curricular clubs – from beekeeping society and calligraphy club, to writing plays. However, through his dedicated school life, he finds himself mixed up in an unusual love triangle. Jason Schwartzman is one of my favourite recurring Wes movie actors, and playing Max Fischer has got to be one of his highlights. “I saved Latin. What did you ever do?” – Max, Rushmore.
2001 we are met with The Royal Tenenbaums, whereby a somewhat dysfunctional family of former child prodegies reunite on hearing that their father has fallen ill. I enjoyed Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, Margot Tenenbaum, with her secrecy and attitude to life adding more humour to the story. “I think we’re just gonna to have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that, Richie.” – Margot, The Royal Tenenbaums.
In 2004, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was released, telling the story of oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew, who plan to get revenge on a shark who killed Steve’s partner Esteban. I love the Bowie based soundtrack, and by the end of this movie, all I wanted was to be part of Team Zissou, wearing the adidas zissou trainers… “…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, The Life Aquatic.
In 2007 we are introduced to The Darjeeling Limited, which tells us of three brothers attempting to bond during a train trip to India. This movie stood out as particularly colourful, with the vibrant and energetic Indian culture surrounding the story. “I love the way this country smells. I’ll never forget it. It’s kind of spicy.” – Peter, The Darjeeling Limited.
Fantastic Mr Fox, 2009, conveys a fathers responsibility to his family, against his craving for adventure. This movie was the first Wes Anderson movie I was introduced to; I loved the cinematography, and the sweet characters that had been created. “The cuss am I? Are you cussing with me?” – Mr Fox, Fantastic Mr Fox.
In 2012, a movie where a local search party goes on the hunt to find two young lovers – Sam and Suzy – who have fled to another town, is released, called Moonrise Kingdom. The lovers commitment to run away together is charming, and the somewhat detached awkwardness between scenes was fitting for the characters. “We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?” – Suzy, Moonrise Kingdom.
Finally, Wes Anderson brought us the 2014 hit, The Grand Budapest Hotel, following hotel concierge Gustave H and lobby boy Zero Moustafa; the story involves the battle for a huge family fortune. This loveable movie definitely deserves its 9 oscar nominations! “Rudeness is merely an expression of fear. People fear they won’t get what they want. The most dreadful and unattractive person only needs to be loved, and they will open up like a flower.” – Gustave H, The Grand Budapest Hotel.