Well that was…unexpected. Fantastic Mr. Fox ranks among my favorite anderson films (see below for a ranking) and I am excited for this, but wow, plot-wise this is uncharted territory for Anderson. The story appears to take place in a dystopic future Japan with some science fiction elements thrown in. Still, the trademark dry delivery and beautiful imagery makes me curious, even if hesitantly so.
And now, my ranking of Wes Anderson films (note that I haven’t seen Darjeeling Limited).
1. Moonrise Kingdom: Perfect in every way with the absurdism and specific sense of humor never overpowering the emotional central story.
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox: One of his stranger films, the wip-smart sense of humor and beautiful animation are matched with a fast pace for his most re-watchable film.
3. The Royal Tenenbaums: That seen of Luke Wilson set to Elliot Smith’s Needle in the Hay, I mean, my god… Also, the way that Ben Stiller chokes out the wild understatement ‘I’ve had a rough year, Dad’ makes me want to cry when I think about it.
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel: There’s a lot to take in here, but his technical prowess has never been higher.
5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: His most formless, strange film is still beautiful and emotionally arresting…especially in its use of music.
6. Rushmore: I’ve never quite connected with this one, perhaps because the abrasiveness of the characters is never quite softened by the emotional aspects that usually redeem them in his other work.
7. Bottle Rocket: A fine film…albeit one that doesn’t feel at all like a Wes Anderson one.