7 Wes Anderson Films You Must Watch Before Attempting The Trending Reel

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​Director Wes Anderson has gained sudden traction on social media with everyone dabbling with reels and short format videos that follow his distinctive cinematographic aesthetics and quirky storytelling style.

​Theses can be written on the Wes Anderson aesthetics. The hallmarks of his filmmaking are still camera positioning, a pastel colour palette, over-the-top use of symmetry, slow motion for emphasis and retro influence in background music and costumes.

​If you want to better understand Wes Anderson’s work and enjoy some of Hollywood’s cult classics, here are our recommendations for seven films directed by Anderson.

​1. Asteroid City (2023)

​With an esteemed ensemble star cast, 'Asteroid City' is set at Junior Stargazer convention drawing students and parents from across the US who are quarantined due to extenuating circumstances.

​2. The French Dispatch (2021)

​An anthology featuring stories of three journalists who are foreign correspondents based in France. The film is about their final stories for the last issue of the newspaper they work for, Liberty Kansas Evening Sun.

​3. Isle of Dogs (2018)

​The stop-motion animated film follows a boy who is in search of his lost dog. He is accompanied by a band of stray dogs on this mission.

​4. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

​One of Wes Anderson’s most popular films, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' follows the shenanigans of a hotel concierge, his protegee bellboy, and the curious residents of the hotel.

​5. Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

​Another stop-motion animation based on author Roald Dahl’s book, 'Fantastic Mr Fox' follows a fox family who is being hunted by three farmers.

​6. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

​Three estranged brothers try to reconcile with each other as well as their mother, a year after their father’s death, while on a luxury train journey across India.

​7. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

​Three child prodigies grow up to be mediocre adults. Their eccentric father who abandoned them as children suddenly resurfaces to reconnect with the family in his old age.

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