Welcome to the Weekly Movie Thread, your place on the Avocado to discuss films with your fellow commenters. Want to make a recommendation? Looking for recommendations? Want to share your opinions of movies, both new and classic?
This month, the long awaited Wes Anderson film, The French Dispatch, makes its debut at Cannes.
Anderson’s style is easily recognizable and parodied. The creamy color palette, which makes it always look like you’re at high tea. The dollhouse settings, where sometimes the miniatures and fakery is obvious. The intentionally stilted performances. The quirky soundtrack. The unnatural scene compositions. The use of Futura font. Grand Budapest Hotel is probably where the touches are most saturated and feels like Wes Anderson commenting on Wes Anderson films.
His movies can come off as twee. However, most contain a strong element of loneliness to balance the visuals. Anderson’s films tap into the sadness of frequent collaborator, Bill Murray — once known for being the cleverest guy in the room — is now a defeated man filled with quiet desperation.
Perhaps Anderson’s greatest accomplishment is that his movies are accessible to people who don’t think they like artsy movies. Noah Baumbach can be an acquired taste. But a Baumbach script filtered through Wes Anderson’s sensibilities? Sign me up!
Anderson has also dabbled in stop motion animation (Fantastic Mr. Fox and Isle of Dogs), which is perhaps the most unsurprising fit for any director.
Today’s bonus prompt: what is your favorite Wes Anderson film? How would you rank them?
Next week: medieval fantasy