A Short Note To Wes Anderson

Darjeeling LimitedMy humble thanks go to you Mr Anderson, for making films infused with such light and life. You give me hope that original stories and unique storytellers have a real chance for survival in the fickle world of Hollywood. I know that when I watch one of your films it will be an ‘experience’ sure to surprise, entertain and intrigue.

I have often heard people speak negatively of your films, suggesting that they have either very little storyline or an utterly incomprehensible plot. Whenever I heard people say these things I would be equal parts confused, angry and frustrated. How could these people overlook your obvious talent? How do they miss the way you use gentle humour to explore different shades of human character and family relationships?

I used to spend a lot of time trying to convince these people of your film making skills and explain to them the finer points of plot that they have failed to notice. I wanted to share your wonderful films with as many people as possible, and just couldn’t bear to be aware of anyone thinking ill of your films.

However, recognising that it is almost an impossible challenge to open the mind of an ignorant person, I decided to stop getting confused, angry and frustrated. In my rush to spring to the defence of your films, I’d neglected to see the positive in all this. For all those people that pass your films over and who have difficulty comprehending the meaning of your art, I can take their unused portion and have more to enjoy for myself. Perhaps as the days trickle by I am getting a little smarter and learning how to better apply my emotional energies.

In this spirit of positivity, I wanted to let you know some of the things that I love about your films…

I love the wonderful pool of actors your draw on to bring your characters to the screen.

I love your unmistakable style which seems to make life appear so much richer and more delicately textured than the reality.

I love the importance that you place on music, in that you make it as much a part of your art as the visual components…the one playing perfectly against the other.

I love your recurring themes of family, joy from tragedy, and the search for self which sometimes seems to happen under the strangest of circumstances.

I love how you make watching your films feel like time spent in the company of a slight odd, yet highly cherished friend. In this way you make me feel that there is someone else out there who ‘gets it’.

So I guess all I’m really trying to say is thanks for the wonder that you create in the world. I hope that I won’t be too greedy with your talent, and I will try to do my best to leave at least a little for everyone else to discover.

8 Comments

  1. Crafty Green Poet

    Excellent piece, I like Wes Anderson’s films too. I like your comment about time spent in the company of a slightly odd yet highly cherished friend

  2. Ricardo

    OK so I went totally low ball and did a Rambo review but really these are the kind of films I gravitate to. Bottle Rocket is a sheer joy as well as Rushmore. And while many disagree with me, I LOVED the Royal Tnenebaums. He has such a fresh, quirky and unique view of the world. I’m engrossed and it puts a smile on my face. We are in the minority as most people think his work is weird. It’s unfortunate. I’m glad he’s able to get his work done in Hollywood.

  3. John

    Beautifully put. This piece is as much a credit to you as it is to Mr Anderson.

  4. PaulS (gingatao)

    Another wonderful piece of writing. I agree about the people who want nice plots, “they have either very little storyline or an utterly incomprehensible plot.” That sounds very much like my life, beginnings middles and endings in nice packages make pretty pictures but they dont reflect reality. You are a great writer, intelligent, original, a real joy to read.

  5. Tracey

    Hi Crafty Green Poet – Thanks for your visit. Wes Anderson is just such a freakishly talented person, I am completely in awe of his films. I can’t wait to see where he takes us to next. I think he is a master of keeping things slightly left of centre.

  6. Tracey

    Hi Ricardo – Hey I really enjoyed your Rambo review, and I’ve heard other people have had good things to say about it too. I think that all genres of movies have their place in the world…as long as they’re good (or at least so bad that they’re good). People are all too quick to judge film (especially action film) as an art form, something that never fails to make me angry…but that’s a whole different story. Despite the instant appeal of Wes Anderson’s films, I find that his movies just get better and better on repeat viewings…sort of like a fine wine. I’m with you on liking the Royal Tenenbaums…and how good was Life Aquatic? The actors who work with him are fortunate indeed!

  7. Tracey

    Hi John – Thanks so much for dropping by. And how wonderful for you to leave me with such kind words. 8)

  8. Tracey

    Hi PaulS – As always it’s nice to see you here. I think that everyone’s life is so much messier, complex and unpredictable than the safe realities we are often sold in the majority of Hollywood films. Don’t get me wrong, I love the element of escapism that films can offer, but I think that people like Wes Anderson just get what it is to live a real life.

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