On Wes Anderson, Pt. 7

 

     Sadly, this will be the last installment of the Wes Anderson series. I finished the book! The last interview was on Anderson's second to most recent film, Moonrise Kingdom. He has since made The Grand Budapest Hotel, but that was after the publication of this book. Don't worry, the same author created a similar book, focusing only on TGBH, and I've definitely got my eye on it, and not just because it's pink. Another book for another time.

     On completion of the interview involving Moonrise Kingdom, I immediately watched the film, it being the only Wes Anderson film available on Netflix. It's one of my top three favorites of the Anderson saga, and it's the only one I've seen in theaters. The film centers around two adolescents that are essentially the epitome of adolescent. One, a young and tough boy from the foster system. The other, your not so typical pretty girl with behavioral issues. They aren't copies of each other, but their own personal problems and general attitude towards life mesh well. They're both a little crazy, but I'd say they're still realistic. Anderson was intentional with his casting choice, as usual. He picked unknowns and their greenness brings something vulnerable to their characters, more so than it would with established young actors. Teen actors can be a little over-confident if they are quasi-famous, because they're teenagers. It's what they do. Wes talks about the kids with admiration though, and that admiration shows in the direction of the film. The camera loves them and their story.

     The story itself is complex in every way, just as with most of Anderson's other films. The character ties, plot, and set all revolve around each other. In a way, Anderson's movies act as solar systems. There's a method to the madness, and each factor has it's own orbit. The intertwining relationships and personalities between the adults and children are in typical Anderson fashion, but I'll never tire of it. All of the characters are still strange enough to be exciting. Their own personal plots come together, and center around one issue: the runaway teens. The island is their playground, and they use it's isolation and relatively primitive way of life to make a go at running away to be together. They don't succeed at the running away part, but like most youth, they get what they want.

     I thoroughly enjoyed reading these interviews and revisiting all of Wes's films. I hope to find something similar to continue this kind of series with. I love movies and books, so I'm sure something will turn up eventually. Until then, thanks for reading and have an excellent Wednesday!