Wes Anderson biographyWes Anderson is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, actor, and producer who earned his place among the most revered and adored Hollywood artists. His fans unanimously agree with movie critics that «the only people who can hate on Wes are bores and nerds». But what’s the reason behind all this hype and adoration surrounding the director, producing the most stylish and quirky modern movies? Well, let’s find out.
Early life and childhoodWesley Mortimer Wales Anderson was born on May 1, 1969, in Houston, Texas. His father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in public relations and advertising, and his mother, Texas Ann (nee Burroughs) was a realtor, though always aspired to be an archeologist.
Young Wesley was very close with his brothers, younger Eric, and elder Mel; they were more than just family members – they were his accomplices in every project and prank he pulled off. All three of them always painted, glued, or crafted something; growing older they started to make short silent films, using their father’s camera.
Wes used his emotional experience as a fuel for his creativity, constantly writing short plays and novels, surprising his teachers with unusual and unexpected plots turns and twists. Some of these early works served as a foundation for his future movies.
Film careerAfter such an amazing and inspiring debut, Wes followed it up with «Rushmore» (1998) – unique and unorthodox mix of comedy and drama, romance, and eccentricity. The movie, starring Jason Schwartzman, was filmed in the building of his old St. John’s school. «Rushmore» perfectly showcased the main idea and philosophy behind Anderson’s movies – the atmosphere of total control over the world of unending childhood through the lenses of multilayered metaphors.
The commercial success of Wes Anderson movies can be explained by two main factors. First of them is his unending collaboration with his friends Owen Wilson («Bottle Rocket», «Rushmore», «The Royal Tenenbaums»), Noah Baumbach («The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou» (2004), «Fantastic Mr, Fox» (2009)), Roman Coppola («The Darjeeling Limited» (2007), «The Moonrise Kingdom» (2012)), Jason Schwartzman («The Darjeeling Limited»). The second is, of course, his ability to cast the most talented actors such as Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and many, many others.