From the man who gave you: Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenenbaums…
Chas: “Is it dark?”
Richie: “Of course it’s dark. It’s a suicide note.”
1) Oh so lush settings
It is rare for such a high-profile director to veer away from the standard movie settings of London and Manhattan, but Wes paints worlds so intricate and with such poise, whether they’re glamorous and exotic such as the Darjeeling Limited, or re-imagined depictions of America under a lens.
The settings always look like they’re hand built and made with love, and without Wes, movies would be a little less colourful.
2) Cutting philosophy
From “I love you, but you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.” To Bill Murray in an elevator responding the the courteous small talk of “How are you?” with, “I’m a little lonely sometimes” – Wes Anderson may be more often than not dubbed ‘quirky and whimsical’ – but his words are often cuttingly cognisant and as unforgivably tragic as they are funny.
When in doubt in life, why not follow George Clooney’s effluent voice shining from Fantastic Mr Fox? “’I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”
3) Bill Murray
Of course, Bill Murray’s mother gave us Bill Murray if we’re being technical. But in the same manner that Sofia Coppola did for him and Lost in Translation, Anderson’s gentile approach saw a more reserved level of Bill Murray’s vibrant comedic background. He has appeared in varying sizes of roles (his Grand Budapest Hotel appearance decidedly a tad smaller) throughout Wes’ career – often with a cigarette dangling from his lips.
DOUBLE BILL MURRAY