The Wonders of Wes Anderson

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Coronavirus has canceled a myriad of different things, one of those being the production of new movies. One movie in particular film buffs have been paying close attention to is Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, which is now delayed until 2021. This movie has been described as his “love letter to journalists,” and also features a lot of the same actors he has had in his past movies, like Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Owen Wilson. The French Dispatch will also be Anderson’s first movie with popular actor and heart-throb, Timothee Chalamet.

Wes Anderson is well known for his specific fast-paced style in film. As mentioned above, he uses a lot of the same actors within all of his movies, creating very particular energy. He also uses a somewhat limited color palette within each film to create a certain aesthetic.

Photo from the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Two of his movies are also made fully with stop motion animation, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, which was released in 2009, and “Isle of Dogs”, which was released in 2018. Both of them were well-liked by critics, receiving nominations at the Golden Globes for Best Animated Feature. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” was a film adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl and has a PG rating to be a movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It has a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes sense considering well-loved George Clooney and Meryl Streep voice main characters. “Isle of Dogs” received a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, as the audience seems to appreciate Anderson’s animation skills.

His other movies that are not animated also get high ratings from movie critics. One of his most popular movies, “Moonrise Kingdom”, was released in 2012 and tells a story set in 1965 about two twelve-year-olds falling in love and attempting to run away together. It received a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is quite impressive, as well as nominations for the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Anderson’s style of cinematography is especially unique. He uses a lot of flat space camera moves and slow-motion walking shots, as well as a ton of other distinct techniques. This is something that is very distinct and recognized by his fans. It has even inspired a book called “Accidentally Wes Anderson.”

Photo by @accidentallywesanderson on Instagram.

All of the pictures on their Instagram account and featured within their book are inspired by his style within his films. They feature a lot of the same stylistic elements, but also give the audience ideas of places to travel and explore all around the world, like Singapore, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Chicago, and more.

Anyone who likes movies should keep an eye out soon for Anderson’s new movie, The French Dispatch. Hopefully, good movies can continue to be produced and released soon even with coronavirus chaos.

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