You can almost always recognise a Wes Anderson film. His film have such a unique and interesting style to them that they are completely distinguishable from other movies. This modern day auteur has his own visual style that can’t be replicated and often plays around with the themes such as families and unlikely friendships. Here are five of his greatest films.
5)The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Possibly the most charming and successful film of the director’s career to date, this film charts the friendship between a concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and the lobby boy (Tony Revolori) he hires. Whilst the story may be grander in scale than anything he’s done before, it stills possesses many of the familiar Anderson elements.
4)Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Three years after adapting Fantastic Mr Fox, Anderson made this warm hearted lovers on the run adventure. The visual style of the director’s previous films remains the same but the story feels more intimate. Family, a theme the director likes to write about, is explored in this film but in a far more mature light.
This clever film came out after the commercial failure of Anderson’s debut Bottle Rocket. The story focuses on Max (Jason Schwatzman), an eccentric schoolboy who ends up feuding with wealthy industrialist Herman (Bill Murray) over teacher Rosemary (Olivia Williams). The script is full of witty one-liners and a great performance from Murray in the first of many collaborations with the director.
2)The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
A rich film that follows three brothers (Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman) as they reconnect on a spiritual journey. The characters are beautifully detailed, their flaws make them feel real. Brody, Wilson and Schwatzman are brilliant as the brothers who are constantly bickering.
1) The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
A fantastic and funny story about a family dealing with their eccentric and unrepentant father. The humour, ironic and dry, makes some genuinely poignant observations on family whilst the entire cast give amazing performances. This also features many key Anderson elements including sibling rivalry and symmetrical compositions.