For Heaven’s Sake Let’s Bring Back The Friday Song
There’s little joy to be had this Christmas (although ‘West Side Story’ was a surprisingly good remake – if a trifle unnecessary) so here are the opening titles for Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Despatch’, which will cheer you up if you’re a Wes fan and nauseate you if you’re not.
Anderson noticeably modelled his early films on the output of his tortured mentor, Hal Ashby, one of my favourite directors. In particular, ‘Bottle Rocket’ pays respect to Ashby’s static-framed scenes. Since then Anderson has become his own beast, too dense for some, too whimsical for others. Here at Fowler Towers, though, we love everything he does, although he’ll never improve upon ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. ‘The French Despatch’ probably needs two or three more viewings before I can decide where it ranks. But that’s how I feel about most films I like.
NB The Friday Song is still not appearing on a Friday.