The Telltale Signs of a Wes Anderson Film

With the March 23rd release of Isle of Dogs, the excellent film and television analysis platform ScreenPrism dug into the telltale signs of a Wes Anderson film. Specifically, they looked at the surreal playfulness of the production design, the imposing symmetry of a scene, the emotional maturity of the characters, the deliberate use of language and the famous use of color everywhere.

You know you’re watching a Wes Anderson film if there’s a rich micro world with a focus on art direction. Wes Anderson’s films have become synonymous with unique and idiosyncratic production design that makes us feel we’ve entered inside a human dollhouse

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.