I’ve only written about two dozen lists since starting Cinephile Corner, but this is already the third one ranking Wes Anderson’s movies. Maybe this just speaks to the constant output in movies by the European filmmaker, or perhaps it’s due to my equally constant intrigue in understanding and dissecting his movies.
This time around, it’s including Asteroid City – Wes Anderson’s “return to form” as many have put, and the movie that already feels like it’s recharged the auteur’s batteries for the next leg of his career. Later this year, he’s set to release The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar on Netflix. As a 37-minute long anthology of stories, I’m already debating how to cover the movie and whether to include it in the next iteration of this list (that at this rate, will be out a few weeks from now).
I love Wes Anderson’s movies – I’m not sure anything else has to be said. He’s made completely idiosyncratic, visually immaculate classics that take on a completely different tone than any other style any other director is making today. He’s completely unique and I always have to check out whatever new film he’s put together. And Asteroid City is no different, furthering his reputation for building dollhouse sets and an eclectic, expansive cast. I was in awe of it, and that will be reflected in the ranking that follows.
Anyways, here’s how I’m thinking I’d rank Wes Anderson’s movies following the release of Asteroid City:
11. The Darjeeling Limited
10. Isle of Dogs
9. The French Dispatch
8. Bottle Rocket
7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
6. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Asteroid City
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
1. The Royal Tenenbaums
Wes Anderson movies on Letterboxd
Wes Anderson movies on IMDb