The uniforms, the deadpan facial expressions and the symmetry of it all
Wes Anderson’s body of work is a visual masterpiece. Anyone with a pair of eyes can appreciate the attention that goes into every single detail of his films. I mean that literally, from the uniforms (because his characters never seem to change clothes that much) to the bespoke Monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggages, the signature deadpan facial expressions of beloved characters and their outlandish, reason-be-damned plans. Notice how they walk in a straight line, too, and how everything follows a strict, four to five color palette. We haven’t even talked about the storytelling yet, in which similarly, every name, every line, and likely every period or comma are fussed over to create a story that builds up into something exquisite. You either love the result or you hate it, there’s no in-between because every Anderson film is as it should be, with missteps far and few between. And you can’t really say that one is better than the other because each is in a category of its own.
So herewith and in no particular order, a list of the best Wes Anderson films we’ve seen to date (spoiler, we love everything we’ve seen so far).
A YA fantasy that captures the intense feeling of falling in love for the very first time. Also, the Anderson film that made Instagram filters Earlybird and Walden popular.
The Royal Tenenbaums
The fits, the tennis headbands, that Louis Vuitton luggage. The offbeat girl next door, Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow).
The Grand Budapest Hotel
I promise this is not an exaggeration, but everything—just everything—about this film is impeccably designed. But its most notable feature, the charismatic M Gustave (Ralph Fiennes).
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Anderson’s adaptation of a Roald Dahl classic was nothing short of fantastic, you wouldn’t think it’s his first foray into stop-motion animation.
Stream it on Amazon Prime.
Isle of Dogs
Sci-fi, comedy-drama and a lot of dogs in stop-motion. Also that typography. The contrast between adorable characters and mature themes of authoritarianism, internment and extermination.
A story on grief, plenty of emotional baggage and healing. Also a gentle reminder that sometimes, “Fuck the itinerary.”
Borrows from The Graduate but with a lead character more callous and flawed. It’s a great coming of age comedy that might even remind audiences of their own adolescent narcissism.
So which Anderson films are your fav? Let us know in the comments!
Art Alexandra Lara