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‘Why did you lie to me?’ ‘Because I’m a wild animal’; Anderson writing for all the family in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox is Wes Anderson’s first animation feature as well as his first ‘family friendly’ film. Critics and fans alike were eager on it’s announced release in November 2009 to see how Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach (who also co-wrote The Life Aquatic) would tackle a script for children after previously basing their work  around what seem primarily … Continue reading

‘The brilliance of the young Tenenbaums had been erased by two decades of betrayal, failure and disaster’; Adulthood and Failed Expectations in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Written by Anderson and supporting-cast member Owen Wilson, The Royal Tenenbaums tells the story of the Tenenbaum children Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), Chas (Ben Stiller) and Richie (Luke Wilson), who grow from child prodigies into depressed, disillusioned and ultimately unsuccessful adults. This ‘downfall’ is charted through the children now in adulthood grouped together by their estranged father Royal … Continue reading

‘I guess I still have some healing to do’; Depression and Moving On in The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Anderson’s fifth feature length film, The Darjeeling Limited, made it’s world premiere on the 3rd September, 2007 at the Venice Film Festival, before making a wider release in the US later in the year. It stars co-writer Jason Schwartzman, along with Adrien Brody and Owen Wilson as three estranged brothers who reluctantly meet in India a year … Continue reading

‘She’s My Rushmore’: Relationships and Desires in Anderson’s Rushmore (1998)

Anderson’s second film, Rushmore, was the acting debut of it’s lead Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman’s character is fifteen year old Max Fischer, an attendee of the film’s namesake Rushmore Academy. Throughout the film, it becomes apparent that Rushmore stands for more than Max’s formal education, but as a means to escape the possible future ahead of … Continue reading


This blog will critically discuss the films of American film director and screenwriter Wes Anderson for my work experience module at university. Anderson’s films appeal to me as rather than being plot-driven, they focus on the development of the characters as people rather than devices to further the story. Anderson’s work deals with poignant and … Continue reading