When you interface with Wes Anderson’s cinema for the first time, you experience multiple feelings and sensations. It almost seems to be inside a colorful illustrated fairy tale, in which every single color has the natural ability to arouse one or more feelings. His eccentric cinema made up of colors, adventures and characters has managed to conquer audiences and critics.

The director, born in 1969, managed to define a unique and immediately recognizable aesthetic. The field of investigation in many of Anderson’s films is the family: absent fathers, extremely reserved children, and reorganized families.

niood lists the top 5 movies of Wes Anderson you absolutely need to watch:

1. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R 2001, Comedy/Drama, 1h 48m

Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE SCORE: 89% (250,000+ Ratings)

Storyline

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary — all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father’s fault. “The Royal Tenenbaums” is the story of the family’s sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.

Why we love it

The story revolves around the Tenenbaum, a dysfunctional family in which parental mistakes are reflected in their children. The idea for the film comes from the divorce of the director’s parents, mixing real and imaginative details.
The Tenenbaum represents Wes Anderson’s bignami and collects everything that distinguishes the director’s cinematography and style: we find his colors, his shots and his characters. Among Wes Anderson’s greatest hits, it is considered the director’s most iconic film.

2. Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R 2014, Comedy/Drama, 1h 39m

Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE SCORE: 86% (50,000+ Ratings)

Storyline

In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave’s friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel’s guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave’s lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.

Why we love it

In Grand Budapest Hotel we rediscover love, war and self-discovery, told through a veil of irony and an exquisitely vintage setting. Wes Anderson is a framed director who manages to make himself recognizable in every work. The vintage and retro atmosphere, the bold colors with a preference for pastel tones and symmetry are the most distinctive features of this filmmaker we love.

3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 2012, Comedy/Romance, 1h 34m

Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE SCORE: 86% (100,000+ Ratings)

Storyline

The year is 1965, and the residents of New Penzance, an island off the coast of New England, inhabit a community that seems untouched by some of the bad things going on in the rest of the world. Twelve-year-olds Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) have fallen in love and decide to run away. But a violent storm is approaching the island, forcing a group of quirky adults (Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray) to mobilize a search party and find the youths before calamity strikes.

Why we love it

Since its debut Amateur Shot (1996), love and romance have always had a special place in the stories told by Wes Anderson. In Moonrise Kingdom this aspect becomes the main engine of the events of all the characters involved, since the film revolves around the discovery of love in its purest and simplest form (even if there is no lack of more or less explicit sexual winks) by of two pre-teenagers, tired of the life that surrounds them and only eager to find a place of their own in the world, as private and unspoiled as possible.

4. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 2018, Comedy/Adventure, 1h 41m

Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE SCORE: 87% (5,000+ Ratings)

Storyline

When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Why we love it

Nine years after Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Wes Anderson returns to stop-motion animation, confirming a great skill in handling this technique that requires long work and a skill that is anything but common. Just like in the 2009 film, the American director is able to keep his poetics intact (based on symmetry and on a perfectly recognizable visual style) even in the transition to animation, managing to construct highly suggestive shots with a geometric and rigorous staging . The reflection on the family nucleus (here slightly turned on the concept of the pack) and on the identity research of all the protagonists of the author’s films is inevitable.

5. Rushmore (1998)

R 1998, Comedy, 1h 33m

Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE SCORE: 91% (100,000+ Ratings)

Storyline

When a beautiful first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams) arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max (Jason Schwartzman), who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father (Bill Murray) of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, the situation soon gets complicated when Max’s new friend becomes involved with her, setting the two pals against one another in a war for her attention.

Why we love it

The set of this film looks like a vintage fair: in each shot, not only symmetry or colors are sought, but also the furniture that favors small paintings and antiques so as to create an environment that recalls the interior of a nostalgia shop or flea market.