Wes Anderson: A unique cinematic style like no other!

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With his latest work 'Asteroid City' premiering tonight at Cannes, here are some of Wes Anderson's other aesthetically symmetrical works over the course of his career!

Wes Anderson has a peculiar style of filmmaking that has the whole world hooked on to it via Instagram Reels now. You must’ve seen a plethora of Reels where people shoot their lives like how Wes Anderson would shoot it. Everything is symmetrical, has bright colour palettes, and not to forget the snap zooms and panning shots to either convey space or for comedic effect. Everyone seems to be in love with it and why wouldn’t they be? Anything that’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye has always captured the audience’s hearts and been Instagram worthy. Wes Anderson has such precision within every frame, it’s so intricate and detailed and the colors make you feel like you are watching a storybook come to life. 

He always has an ensemble cast in his films and the characters often have a dry wit and melancholy nature to them. Now that he has created his own style of his filmmaking, the name of it can simply be called A Wes Anderson film, which is a genre in itself. His upcoming film Asteroid City starring Tom Hanks, Stevel Carell, Scarlet Johanasson and many other popular faces is premiering at Cannes tonight.

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Meanwhile let’s have a look at some of his all time classics!

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel is considered one of the best Anderson films till date as the movie was so loved by the audience. The film was nominated for nine Oscars out of which it won four. The movie revolves around a writer who is taken through the history of the wild adventures of an extraordinary concierge and a lobby boy during the hotel's wonder years. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton.

The French Dispatch (2021)

In the film, a collection of stories come to life from the final issue of an American Magazine called The French Dispatch which is published in a fictional 20th century French city. This is his 10th feature film which stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton and Timothee Chalamet. 

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou features Bill Murray as the titular Steve Zissou, an oceanographer with a vendetta against the mythical shark that killed his partner.

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

The Darjeeling Limited stars Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, and Adrien Brody as three brothers who attempt to process their grief and restore their bond by traveling across India a year after their father's death.

Rushmore (1998)

This film was Wes Anderson’s second feature film. Jason Schwartzman stars as Max, an ambitious teenager at Rushmore Academy who finds himself in a complicated situation when the man he often took romantic advice from starts an affair with the teacher Max has fallen for.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three siblings who are gifted in their own way have experienced success but are distant from each other. Their family has to reunite when their estranged father announces he is dying. The cast includes Owen Wilson, Gwyeneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Bill Murray and Ben Stiller

Isle of Dogs (2018)

This is the tale of a young Japanese boy searching for his dog after the country banishes the canines to a trash island. Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban, round out the voices behind the dog pack. The film got an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom is a coming-of-age tale about a pair of pre teen lovers escaping into the wilderness, causing the town's adults to form a search party to track them down. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay which Anderson shared with co-writer Roman Coppola. 

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox stars George Clooney as the voice of Mr. Fox, head of his family and woodland leader whose farm raiding ways have led to retaliation by the local farmers. The film is based upon the Roald Dahl book and even features Anderson's voice as Weasel.

Which of these have you watched before? Tell us in the comments below!

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