Few make films with such painstaking precision and poise as Wes Anderson, and none share quite the same obsession with symmetry.
From his 1996 debut Bottle Rocket to most recent movie Asteroid City, via fan favourites The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson has enchanted film fans with his work for more than 20 years.
There are dozens of idiosyncrasies in his films, which he returns to time and again — many of which have also been mimicked in a new trend that has been sweeping TikTok.
But one of the most recognisable is Anderson’s passion for vibrant cinematography. No other director lavishly splashes swathes of pastel colour onto the screen like he does, bringing his scenes to life with vibrant yellows, blues and pinks.
Now Anderson fans are just weeks away from getting even more fantastically colourful sequences, as Anderson’s latest film, Asteroid City, will be released in the UK on June 23.
This week the film, which stars Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks and Margot Robbie, premiered at Cannes. Most critics couldn’t praise it enough.
“With Asteroid City, Anderson has rekindled his old magic, offering something new without renouncing any of his distinguishing features,” said The Standard. “ This film has a different energy and – despite retaining the usual charming whimsy we are so accustomed to – feels more solid and tangible.”
Anderson’s latest is a story about a group of students and parents who gather in an American desert town in 1955 for a junior stargazing convention. But after a major disruption the parents and kids get cordoned off by the army, and then the real fun begins.
While the project promises to be a little more weighty than his more recent offerings, it has all the delectable Anderson touches: a cast literally jam-packed full of stars, exquisite costumes, stylish screen muses, and a zig-zagging and zany plot.
To celebrate the director’s latest film, flick through the gallery above to see 50 of Anderson’s most stunning shots from his major releases.
Asteroid City is set to be released in the UK on June 23