The Art of Things Unspoken A Review of Wes Anderson’s Work




Wes Anderson films are best described as odd. Characters rarely emote, which is at one- point inhuman while being very human at the same time. This leads to a lot of his characters being ‘strange’ saying things they ‘want’ but not really saying what they want.

For example, in Moonrise Kingdom”, the main characters are young kids; one is a boy and the other a girl. Both have anger and trust issues; which is primarily due to the situation with adult figures in their lives. The girl, Suzy Bishop, has her issues because of her mother’s affair and the boy’s issues come from being an orphan. Similar in “The Royal Tenenbaums” the children all have their problems because the mother forced them to be genius’ and the father was never there for them. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is more crockery because it has more witty character than the others. This allows it to be more accessible than the others; this brought it more fame.

The cinematography also supports the isolation of the characters. Wide shots of characters that stay on them for just a little too long. This makes the viewer feel their isolation with them. For example, there’s a scene from “The Royal Tenenbaums” where the father was trying to explain to his separated wife that he was dying. When she started crying, he says that he was not dying, she walks out of frame. In a moment of compilation, this shows how alone he is.

This allows things to be unspoken because these characters are broken and cannot confront their problems in a normal fashion. This leads to what, in all my 20-year-old wisdom, to call the “Art of Unspoken Things”. Most of the characters come from broken homes making the character personality abrasive. For example, a viewer can predict the relationship of the love interest in The Royal Tenenbaums in the opening credits, but it is very subliminal because as the viewer, you’re only given clues. However, in the flm they really don’t look as if they care for one another, until their actions speak louder than their words. The woman in the relationship says they are in love after the man tries to commit suicide. This seems like it will not work but strangely, with Wes Anderson directing, it really does, and it is believable. It is a mixture of two types of isolation of the characters and that of directing.

In conclusion, Wes Anderson is an awesome filmmaker but a melancholy one at that.