The Wes Anderson brand of movies: Quirky and funny, with a dash of the old-world charm


The script is engrained in his memory not just because he wrote it, but because he has a vision for it. The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou are good examples. Every filmmaker has a style, and after a point if you watch a handful of their movies, you will not find it difficult to guess the name of the filmmaker responsible for a particular movie. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
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A still from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Whoopi Goldberg wants to star in a Wes Anderson movieWes Anderson wants to make a movie in outer spaceA Town of its OwnWes Anderson started his career as a filmmaker with the 1996 Bottle Rocket. The Grand Budapest Hotel, is, as the name suggests–grand. Just like Quentin Tarantino, Anderson’s filmmaking skills are so vast and so immediately recognisable that he has now been given his own genre. Dysfunctional families, quirky characters with their quirkier love stories. However, at a closer look, it’s revealed that loss and love tie together the loose ends of the film. While revisiting his movies, I realised that the director-writer follows a certain pattern, consciously or otherwise. Let’s hope that the filmmaker’s upcoming movie Isle of Dogs keeps the Anderson flag flying high in the land of the quirk. Grand in terms of narrative and its scope, grand because of its great star cast and yes, you guessed it right, grand because of its spectacles. Interesting fact: the Wilson brothers also forayed into the big, bad world of Hollywood with the movie. And so, with Bottle Rocket it began, the weird and quirky world of Wes Anderson. Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited: every movie has quaint-looking shots, and all of them deal with familial and romantic love. At the surface of it, the movie appears to be yet another whimsical comedy by the filmmaker. And Anderson is no different. Yes, the ‘Honest Trailer’ guys are right. Starring Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Danny Glover in pivotal roles, the film had earned an Oscar nomination for the Best Original Screenplay. The film featured James Caan, Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson in pivotal roles. Wes Anderson movies are meant to be devoured like novels, and like novels, his films can either be pacy or they can very well be slow-burns. But things became all too clear with the very popular YouTube channel Screen Junkies’ recent ‘Honest Trailer’ video titled ‘Every Wes Anderson Movie’. Ralph Fiennes shines as the mighty concierge of the hotel, Monsieur Gustave. A still from the Wes Anderson movie Moonrise Kingdom
But what makes every ‘repetition’ worthy of a watch is the fact that Anderson knows his world well, too well in fact. A still from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums
2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums was a landmark in the Wes Anderson genre. He laughs, but he is also given to fits of violent outbursts, thus making him an intriguing albeit a predictable Anderson character.