Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wes Anderson - A Cinematic Genius

For anyone who hasn't watched a Wes Anderson film, its almost impossible to describe his highly artistic, extraordinarily detailed, character driven stories in a way that would do them a shred of justice.  The 44 year old director has never settled or compromised and has thus maintained a certain artistic distinction which is rare in cinema today.  His smaller, lesser known films like 1998's Rushmore or 1996's Bottle Rocket (based off a short he had done previously) are just as magical, dry, witty, and sophisticated has his more mainstream hits like 2001's The Royal Tenenbaums, most definitely the directors masterpiece.  He also isn't afraid to take risks either, delving into the world of both animation and children's movies with 2009's The Fantastic Mr. Fox, a stop action animation staring George Clooney as an aloof fox trying to keep his family safe in a sort of "Wind in the Willows" style tale involving a badger, a rat, and a weasel just to name a few.  Anderson has been back in the spotlight the last few years releasing the acclaimed Moonrise Kingdom in 2012 and now with his brand new film The Grand Budapest Hotel released just last week.  Always working with the same actors like Bill Murray, Owen and Luke Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and most recently Adrien Brody, and Ed Norton, each film feels like just another chapter in a whimsical anthology plucked from the directors distinct imagination.  Creative cinematic techniques and a wonderful sense of humor only add to the directors long list of successes.  I've seen all his films and am greatly looking forward to seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I will surely do a review of it, which will undoubtedly be positive, but until then check out some of his previous films, like The Darjeeling Limited, a highly underrated story about three brothers on a train trip through India searching for their estranged mother.  If you can appreciate film making as an art form then I assure you, you won't be disappointed.

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