Wes Anderson Ranking: What’s Your Top Five?
So it seems like every time a Wes Anderson movie comes out, people love to rank them. Darjeeling Limited makes five movies, and that’s enough to make a decent list. Most people I have discussed this with are very opinionated about it and rightfully so—so many people love these fucking movies. Below is how I arrange them, but write how you would do it in the comments.
5. Bottle Rocket: This movie is raw and fresh, but distinctly WA. The Wilson brothers are always played well against each other and this is great first movie by any standard.
4. The Royal Tenenbaums: I like this movie a lot, but I don’t connect with it as much as other people do. It has all the necessary story elements and is told like all the others, but I don’t feel the need to re-watch it over and over: once every two years or so is enough to keep me going. It does really make me want to live in a brownstone though.
3. The Darjeeling Limited: My initial reaction to this movie was huge and I really enjoyed it. The Indian imagery is captivating and engaging and the acting is great, but my friend called it a little “forced” and now I can’t get that out of my head. I see what he means, but it doesn’t make it that much less enjoyable for me. And I liked the music, even (gasp) without Mark Mothersbaugh.
2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: I fucking loved this movie and still can’t believe the people who didn’t get it. It had an excellent cast and score on par with Rushmore’s. It was almost surreal/magical realist in premise but completely consistent with the rest of his movies in content. If you can’t handle claymation fish, then I really don’t know what to tell you.
1. Rushmore: I just love this movie. Not only because of what the movie did for the handjob (you really have to have seen it to understand that) but because of how I feel when I watch it. For someone in school, there’s so much to relate to and linger over. It’s my favorite movie and it features my favorite movie soundtrack, and that’s entirely subjective but entirely justified. Have you ever been biking on a brisk fall day while listening to “Hardest Geometry Problem In The World?” Have you noticed that squirrelly little kid in almost every scene? Have you ever seriously considered starting the Kite Flying Society?
photo from The Darjeeling Limited courtesy of flickr user idealterna