Anderson’s attention to detail is too much to take in. A second viewing might be necessary to fully appreciate what the hell’s going on. I recently re-watched Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Royal Tenenbaums and enjoyed them more the second time around, especially The Royal Tenenbaums. His movies seem designed for multiple viewings. I plan to watch Rushmore and The Dargeeling Limited this weekend.
I’m not a big fan of Wes Anderson‘s movies, but I like his style. Some might argue he has more style than substance. Over at the Museum of Moving Image, Matt Zoller-Seitz has posted an in-depth 5-part video and text essay called The Substance of Style that examines Wes Anderson’s influences. I read and watched the whole thing over the past week. Now I want to re-watch all of Anderson’s movies. I’m not sure I’ve even seen them all.
Here’s an American Express ad featuring Wes Anderson.