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Filmmaker Wes Anderson is best known for his distinctive visual aesthetic and quirky, comical films. His use of colors, music, and set design helps the director tell the story. With his recently released Asteroid City, Anderson continues to maintain this stylized way of storytelling. He’s received numerous awards for the 11 films under his belt.
What makes Anderson’s films so memorable is how the set design is so minimal, yet every aspect of the color palette is well-thought-out. Hues of orange and teal, pink and baby blue, and red and brown have an overarching consistency in each film. When it comes to styling his characters, Wes’ costume design features either exceptionally clean cuts or wild, bold colors. Some characters have both of these aspects. That is why they are so fun to dress up as on Halloween for a DIY project.
Anderson’s first film was 1996’s Bottle Rocket, which starred Owen and Luke Wilson. Though the crime comedy was well-reviewed, it didn’t do too well at the box office, earning only $560,069 with a budget of $5 million. His next film came two years later with Rushmore. It’s a story about a high school student named Max (Jason Schwartzman), who has a crush on an elementary school teacher (Olivia Williams). With Bill Murray also starring in the film as one of the student’s fathers! The film was a critical and financial success ($17 million at the box office). The film launched Murray’s second act as a respected actor within independent cinema. Murray has since appeared in every Anderson film until Asteroid City, which he had to drop out of after contracting COVID-19.
As of 2023, Wes Anderson has directed 11 films: Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, The French Dispatch, and Asteroid City. His next film, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, will be his second adaptation of a Roald Dahl story after 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Benedict Cumberbatch is to star as the titular character, who is able to see through objects and predict the future with the help of a book he stole. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is expected to arrive on Netflix in the fall since the streamer acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company in September 2021. Anderson’s films always feature an ensemble cast. What is great about watching his films is, you are always left thoroughly entertained and see the beauty in his attention to detail.
See below 10 Wes Anderson-inspired items that any fan would love to own.