Wes Anderson's eighth film in the director's chair, The Grand Budapest Hotel, hits theaters this Friday, and we're excited. Yes, it's sometimes easy to joke that his films are the hot chick in the front row of English class for every sensitive dude with a literary degree. We can also rib that his precise, curated filmmaking borders on the intensification of that kid in grade school who wouldn't share his toys.
But Anderson's greatness is undeniable. Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and The Royal Tenenbaums were the more captivating movies of the late 90s and early 2000s that retain timeless appeal. Their influence on independent filmmaking in its wake is also not to be ignored (Richard Ayoade's 2010 film, Submarine, being the most recent example). Moonrise Kingdom and The Darjeeling Limited were more flawed but equally engaging pieces. He even directed a stop-motion picture in The Fantastic Mr. Fox to show off his animation skills.
Despite making films that beg for contentious discussion, Anderson is gifted with the ability to consistently craft memorable characters that you can't help but relate to. Even if you don't want to admit it. Face it: here is what your favorite Wes Anderson character says about you.