Good criticism, but at the end of the day Anderson is a successful impresario, and this guy is an internet nobody. Reminds me of Roland, always patronizing his superiors.
This guy is correct but I think he misses the point. It isn't that Wes Anderson is such a great director, it's that he perfectly encapsulates an aesthetic and mood which is much loved by those who confuse pretentiousness with precociousness. Anderson's films succeed because of their art direction not their story lines. In addition to this, his aesthetic is heavy on nostalgia. Given that nostalgia is now synonymous with a mutual remembrance of tv shows and fashion fads, it only takes a shrewd observer to capitalize on these homogenized memories. For instance,
The Royal Tenenbaums
is loosely based on J.D. Salinger's
Franny and Zooey
. It would stand to reason that given the ubiquity of
Catcher in the Rye
on required high school reading lists, those who find such pop existential-narcissism so appealing would also read his other works. Years later these same people would watch
The Royal Tenenbaum
s and experience a shared nostalgia which they would interpret as being individual to their own oh so smart and special personalities.
On a related note, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is now a feature length film.