Wes Anderson’s style is as distinctive and recognizable as any filmmaker working today.
As Quentin Tarantino is to pop culture-laden banter and bare feet, so Anderson is to carefully framed shots, rich, colorful textures, a nostalgic ’60s/’70s atmosphere, and deadpan non sequiturs.
Every Wes Anderson movie is unmistakably his and no one else’s. He’s released seven features now, and not one of them could even charitably be called a departure. In fact, Fantastic Mr. Fox — which is both animated and significantly involved a collaborator (Noah Baumbach) — may be the most Wes Anderson film of them all. You never walk out of a Wes Anderson movie saying, “Wait, who was the director on that again?”
Now Moonrise Kingdom shows Anderson at the peak of his powers, though still firmly grounded in the techniques and idiosyncrasies that have come to define him.