My 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.