DSS: Wes Anderson Part 4

Hello, Weirdos. Next Sunday is the Oscars! Keep an eye out for coverage on that the following Monday along with a new director, and my thoughts on the final films of Wes Anderson, which are: 

Both of these I’ve seen relatively recently, but I enjoyed them. A revisit will be nice.  

Here are my thoughts on last weeks pictures: 

  • The Darjeeling Limited: As stated last week, I have only watched bits of this one up to now. After watching it as a whole I think it’s great. Some similarities include the same color tone, a list (this time around it is less invasive), that sort of twangy music Anderson uses, and zooms & pans. Throughout the month I have mentioned adults acting like children and the opposite. Darjeeling seems to break that trend. The Whitman brothers often do childish things, but as adults grieving and dealing with loss, not adults mimicing children. The acting all around feels genuine—as though we are seeing something private we aren’t  meant to be seeing. Darjeeling is similar to The Royal Tenenbaums  in tone because of its heart and palpable emotion. I have an idea about the feathers and how each one represents the brother who carries it, but I have to sit on that a while. It was cool to see Schwartzman return. And I dig the call back to Bottle Rocket when Wilson has the bandage over his nose. Derjeeling is now one of my favorites of Anderson’s. 
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox: My biggest question during this movie is, who is it for? Yes, it is animated which lends itself to being for children, but the themes and the context are adult. Where most animated films are aimed at children with bits thrown in for adults, Anderson's film feels like an adult film with bits thrown in for children. This isn't a criticism, I enjoy the movie, it's an observation. Starting with Darjeeling and continuing through Moonrise Kingdom (and possibly Budapest, but I don't remember currently), I've noticed Anderson's movies are getting yellow. Other similarities are the long pans across sets, and a stationary downward shot of hands (or paws) manipulating items. Noah Baumbach again cowrote Fox with Anderson. Parts did reminds me of Life Aquatic, the beanies for one (although not red), and the Ash character in particular reminded me of Zissou with his mostly deadpan performance. I'm a big fan of stop motion, and this films was visually stunning. Can't wait to see Isle of Dogs.

Thanks for checking out this installment of the Director Selective Series: Wes Anderson. I hope you enjoyed it. Share your thoughts below, and follow me on Instagram at words_for_weirdos. Be on the prowl for more content as the week continues. Keep on Creepin'.