A while back I mentioned I am a huge Wes Anderson fan, and while his films aren’t all necessarily set in a specific historical time period, they almost all have the same “retro” aesthetic that could be historical, even if it’s not explicitly stated. So, I figured I might as well showcase the current list of his films and we can all debate whether or not they’re historical or intentionally a-historical.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Wikipedia states the film is set in the 1970s, mainly going off the overall aesthetics of the costumes, set design, and general mood. Notably, Richie Tenenbaum (Luke Wilson) was based on Björn Borg, a tennis prodigy from the 1970s. And Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow) is allegedly based on German singer Nico, who was at her height of popularity in the 1970s.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
Like its predecessor, Life Aquatic … has no solid date but aesthetically it appears to be late-1970s.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
A coming of age story set in 1965, it’s the first Wes Anderson film with a specific date attached to it, rather than a vague “retro-nostalgic” era.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Set in 1932, this is probably my all-time favorite of all of Wes Anderson’s films. I should really do a full post about it.
French Dispatch (2021)
Set in 1975, but showing flashback scenes to the 1950s, this film is my favorite after The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Asteroid City (2023)
Set in the 1950s, I recently reviewed the film so if you want to know more, check out the post!
I’d love to hear what you all think about Wes Anderson films! Let’s talk in the comments!