Wes Anderson is one of my favourite directors. Why? He seems to have an eye for symmetry and balance. His talents are not only shown through his visually captivating sets, but also textually, through his humorous and quasi-absurd scripts. He creates pretty little nostalgic worlds and tells the stories of lovable, yet flawed characters. His movies are magical and here I rank them according to my own personal taste!
1. The Royal Tenenbaums
My absolute favourite movie! The writing is brilliant, the cast is perfect and the film looks flawless (no surprise here).
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Anderson’s masterpiece; it is by far his most visually interesting and original. It is a hilarious thrillride with great music and beautifully intricate sets.
We all should be a little more like Max Fischer (but not too much). Rushmore is one of my favourite movies of all time and it’s quite the bees knees (see what I did there?).
4. Hotel Chevalier
Anderson’s only (official) short film is one of the most visually pleasing films I have ever seen. If you love Paris and Natalie Portman, watch this!
5. Moonrise Kingdom
Brilliant, sincere, and sweet… Moonrise Kingdom is a delight to watch. And the soundtrack is great too!
6. The Darjeeling Limited
A train gets lost in India while three brothers are trying to find their mother. I declare it here, there is no better trio than Adrian Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson. These three have the greatest chemistry and make a funny trio of brothers!
7. Fantastic Mr.Fox
Anderson and Desplat make an excellent team―especially in scoring this film! Charming and exceptional, it was very hard for me to rank it this low… This task is proving more difficult than I anticipated.
8. Bottle Rocket
Anderson’s first! While watching it, you might notice how it is the starting point of his “artistic vision“. Previously a short film, the feature is hilarious yet genuine (no different than his other movies, really). Not many people talk about it, but it is worth a watch!
9. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Visually and musically, it is spectacular. The iconic cast work splendidly well, but it just ranks a little lower than the other ones for me.
10. Isle of Dogs
Anderson’s last! My personal least favorite…Although, as soon as the movie ended, all I could think about was how Wes Anderson has never made a bad movie (and hopefully never will). An hommage to Japanese cinema (and dogs), it serves to portray the detrimental nature of linking media with politics. Isle of Dogs delivers visually but at times fails to captivate.
That was my list! What’s your ranking?