4. Moonrise Kingdom
Anderson’s only honest-to-goodness romance film revolving around young adolescent love is gratifying and endearing that it could take you back to your summer days and childhood sweethearts in a snap. It stands out for its delightful cinematography, vibrant colors, and praiseworthy child actors, in addition to its being more lighthearted than how Anderson’s films normally are.
There’s no question about “Moonrise Kingdom” being one of Anderson’s greatest and most recognizable works. It just inspires us to be unapologetic about being in-love because we don’t have to make it so complicated.
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” made it official — Anderson’s signature directorial style is even more mesmerizing when translated into stop-motion animation. Still, this film goes by terribly underrated and anyone who has yet to see it should feel a bit of shame for staying so ignorant.
The effort to create this masterpiece is astounding. It’s funny without trying, incredibly witty, and is a treat for all the senses, thanks to a match made in heaven between Anderson and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” author Roald Dahl, whose mature humor and eccentric storytelling perfectly fits Anderson’s style of filmmaking.
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is Anderson’s most recent film and also his most acclaimed work that had garnered three Oscar nominations. It perfectly showcases everything Anderson is known for that any ignoramus could offhandedly describe his signature style just by watching this film. These, together with its breathtaking sets, beautiful color grading, and charismatic characters, amplify the intriguing story the film shares about a hotel concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) and his trusted lobby boy.
But despite the cinematic brilliance of this movie, Anderson’s best work could possibly be…
1. The Royal Tenenbaums
Personally, I find “The Royal Tenenbaums” to be Anderson’s finest work. It features a large star-studded cast which includes Gene Hackman, Angelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover and Bill Murray, and yet Anderson was able to masterfully craft individual stories that gave each character depth, making each one so real and so relatable to its audience. It’s also the film with the most simple and straightforward plot, one that truly inspires rather than just be Anderson-level of weird.
This definitely is Anderson’s most enduring films, one which we’ll never tire of watching over and over again.
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