A night in with Wes Anderson is a night you will likely never forget. His films are some of the most kitschy and adventurous ones out there. Each movie of his draws you in with every aspect and really makes you feel like part of the adventure.
The crazy, beautiful and unique cinematography, the numerous amounts of hilarious one liners, the insane misadventures that all of his characters face, the fun and catchy music featured, plus the unique color schemes that play apart of each movie completely take hold of you and leave a lasting impression. I was able to attend a Wes Anderson film festival in my area and decided to review four of his more recent films.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009):
The first night started out with the film Fantastic Mr. Fox. This is a movie I never thought I would take the time to sit down and watch because I am not the biggest fan of stop-animation movies.
It was a movie marketed to kids, but it's so much more than that. I am so glad I was wrong about this one! Wes Anderson brings Road Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox to the big screen with a super fun and kitschy spin, using stop motion. The cast includes George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson to name a few.
This was Wes Anderson's first animated movie and has received critical acclaim (and let me just say, it totally deserved it!). I loved the music in the film, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones were the featured tracks throughout and it really brought about a nostalgic feel that played well with this uniquely told story. Something I found to be really funny was the fact that there was no profane language used, but instead would be replaced with "cuss."
Now in terms of misadventures, Fantastic Mr. Fox truly meets this idea. The entire plot is based upon an adventurous Fox who is too rebellious and too wild for his own good. The movie follows Mr. Fox and his misadventures in stealing from the three huge local farmers. He must deal with the consequences of this, all while keeping it a secret from his wife, his polar opposite son, and his nephew (the “golden boy” or fox in this context). We as an audience see the values of family and how important it is to stay true to yourself all while dealing with the ups and downs life has to throw at you.
Darjeeling Unlimited (2007):
Darjeeling Unlimited is all about three estranged brothers who reunite for a train trip across India. The three haven't spoken in a year, the same year that their father was killed. The brothers try to find their way back to feeling like a family again.
I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the entire film. From attempting to run and jump on a moving train, to buying a poisonous snake, the movie is filled with crazy ups and downs. The audience was also given a taste of India and its people. This movie was fun and insane and everything I’d hope for in one of Wes’s films.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012):
Moonrise Kingdom is most definitely the quirkiest Wes Anderson film to date. A film about two twelve year old kids, Sam and Suzy, runaway from home to be with each other. The most incompetent adults of all time chase them throughout the whole film!
The entire time I was rooting for Sam and Suzy to be able to stay together, even though they are kids and have no place else to go. Everything from costuming to breaking every cinematography rule ever, had me falling more and more in love with each of the characters. As with each of Wes Anderson's other films, the score was perfectly fitting and totally unique to the theme of the movie. After watching this, I am most definitely a huge fan of Wes Anderson's work!
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014):
The Grand Budapest Hotel was most definitely my favorite out of all Wes Anderson's movies. Everything from the bright, attention grabbing colors used throughout the film to the witty plot, once again I was entrapped in Anderson's incredible work.
The story takes place in the 1930s (one of my favorite time periods) at The Grand Budapest Hotel, a popular European ski resort, watched over by our main characters: a flamboyant and witty concierge, Gustave H and Zero, a junior lobby boy, who becomes Gustave's friend and protégé.
Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to all of the hotel's guests, including the sexual needs of the much older women who stay there. The movie really takes an intriguing turn when finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the main suspect in the murder of a former lover. With amazing performances from the entire cast, the incredibly mind blowing cinematography, and the beautiful landscapes, you'd be crazy not to take the time to watch this film!