In Wes Anderson’s Violence from Dávid Velenczei; we get to see the violent scenes of Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel all intermingled in one super-cut.
When we think about the films of Wes Anderson we often get caught up in the cinematography, the quirky characters and the general whimsy of it all. Very rarely does anyone mention, nor do we notice, just how oddly violent the films are. Often this violence takes a back seat to much of the plot and when characters do get hurt, they rarely seem to react to the pain. Not that there aren’t spirited fights or action scenes, but these scenes are often juxtaposed with the calm aftermath or pithy dialogue that is so distinct to Anderson’s film style. Whether it’s watching the Whitman brothers duke it out on the train only to calmly talk moments later, or the many, MANY punches to multiple faces during The Grand Budapest Hotel that appear to be treated with a subtle stoicism that makes it seem like a jab to the nose is somehow incredibly commonplace in that universe.
I myself remember reeling a bit when Jeff Goldblum’s Kovacs lost his fingers in Budapest, but after watching this super-cut, I realize that Anderson has been making some of the artsiest action flicks of the last few decades and I don’t think I’ll look at any of his films in the same light ever again. In fact, it even makes the SNL parody of his film style seem more plausible as something Anderson himself would have created.
Have you noticed Wes Anderson’s violent tendencies before? In the world of constant reboots that we live in do you desperately want to see him re-do something like Die Hard or Predator? Let us know in the comments.