Whether or not you buy into something like auteur theory, I think we can all agree that Wes Anderson has a distinct look and style to his film that he spends massive amounts of time perfecting. Every single one of his camera moves is so precise and his sets and decoration are all incredibly specific.
So that's why it can be kind of annoying to see people on Tik Tok "mimicking" Anderson's hard work. This all was part of the “The Wes Anderson Challenge,” where people shot their homages to the director.
It started funny but has gotten over the top, with people just shooting flat colors and walls and lazily throwing things together.
Now, Wes Anderson has commented on the trend.
In an interview with The Times, Anderson said, “I’m very good at protecting myself from seeing all that stuff," which is good because it sounds like he wouldn't be a fan.
Anderson expanded, “If somebody sends me something like that I’ll immediately erase it and say, ‘Please, sorry, do not send me things of people doing me.’ Because I do not want to look at it, thinking, ‘Is that what I do? Is that what I mean?’ I don’t want to see too much of someone else thinking about what I try to be because, God knows, I could then start doing it.”
Look, I'm all for the occasional parody, but I think we've seen enough of the Anderson ones especially since you have a lot of people without much artistic merit trying their hand at doing something that takes deft artistry and actual literacy within the medium to mater.
I mean, check out this behind-the-scenes video and tell me that any of the parody people are putting this much effort in.
The thing about parody is, people like Mel Brooks had to be fans of the things they were lampooning for their work to be interesting. But nowadays, with AI bastardizing stuff, this stuff just feels trite and boring.
Do something better with your time.