The Best Wes Anderson Movies You Need to Watch Now

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We are officially living in a Wes Anderson world. 

Wes Anderson movies has been remarkably known for its dreamy cinematic style, irresistible screen muses, and fashion triumphs. The American auteur has provided us with perfectly symmetrical and pastel-hued outlandish stories that will forever live in our heads. From swoon-worthy interiors to irresistible styles, Wes Anderson’s films are easily recognisable. 

Recently, social media enthusiasts have been dedicating their content to Anderson’s whimsical and colourful aesthetics. There’s no location in the world where you can’t pretend to be in a Wes Anderson movie. So, it’s no surprise that people are casting themselves as the protagonists of their own short films, imagined in the distinct cinematography style of the American filmmaker. The trend kicked off in April and it’s still ongoing – so what better way to appreciate Mr. Anderson himself than by watching his most notable films

Below, we’ve rounded some of his best films you need to watch.

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Here are the best Wes Anderson films you need to watch: 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Visually stimulating, The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of his best films yet. The movie follows Gustave H, a concierge who was wrongly framed for murder at the aesthetically pleasing hotel. In the process of proving his innocence, he befriends a lobby boy and recounts his glorious years under an exceptional concierge. 

Moonrise Kingdom

In this romantic comedy film, Sam, a 12-year-old orphan, falls in love with Suzy and the two run away to a secluded cove on an island, prompting the entire town to begin a search.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Based on the book of the same title, Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, this stop-motion animated comedy film is one to watch. The movie follows an urbane fox who cannot resist going back to his ways of stealing and raiding and ends up being trapped when three farmers decided to kill him and his kind. He then must help his community to survive the farmers’ retaliation. 

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The French Dispatch

Featuring Timothée Chalamet and Tilda Swinton, this film brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.

Isle of Dogs

Set in Japan, this animated film follows a young boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog after the mayor of Megasaki orders all dogs to be quarantined immediately after an outbreak of canine flu.

Rushmore

In this comedy film, a teenager at Rushmore Academy ends up falling in love with a teacher, Ms Cross. Later, he finds out that his love interest and his friend are having an affair, which prompts him to begin a vendetta. This quirky film tells the tale of dishonesty and betrayal.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Starring Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Wilson, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou follows an oceanographer who planned an act of revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner. Zissou ends up rallying a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. This adventure comedy is definitely worth a watch during a temporary respite.

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The Royal Tenenbaums

Circling the themes of disappointment, regret, grief, and loneliness, The Royal Tenenbaums is a drama-comedy about a dysfunctional family. Featuring Owen Wilson and Gwyneth Paltrow, the film sees eccentric siblings who have to reunite after their father announces he is dying. 

The Darjeeling Limited

Set in India, this film tells the story about three brothers who goes on train journey across the country. After the accidental death of their father, the brothers attempt to reignite their lost bond despite their depression.

A lover of steamy romance books and all things green, Syameen Salehaldin is the Senior Content Producer for Harper's BAZAAR Malaysia. She spends most of her time immersed in books, and food and doing anything that makes her happy. Expect to see her diving into lifestyle, fashion and beauty trends on this platform.