Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Splendiforous Wes Anderson-tatstic Weblog Communiqué

Sometimes, Saturday Night Live can really surprise you. Between groan-inducing sketches they've only given themselves a week to workshop and rehearse, the hardworking cast and crew of SNL proves that they can still pull off a bit so masterful and nearly ingenious, you could possibly forgive them for allowing Miley Cyrus to host their show weeks earlier.

Such was the case with last Saturday's episode hosted by Edward Norton. Among several fairly humorous sketches ("Halloween Candy," "12 Days Not A Slave" and the always dependable Weekend Update), one sketch in particular stood-out.

The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders proved to be fairly hilarious and spot on send-up of almost every single Wes Anderson-ism to date. Mining from Anderson's oeuvre (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, et al.), this satire imagines what a "hand crafted" home invasion horror movie directed by the King of Twee could be.

Among several keenly observed Anderson tropes consisting of vintage tchotchkes, anamorphic pull-back tracking shots, stilted line deliveries, a folk rock-heavy soundtrack, and title card sequences with corresponding foley and Futura Bold font, Norton provided a near pitch perfect Owen Wilson impersonation. All that's missing is Bill Murray, an Anderson mainstay since Rushmore and former SNL cast member (natch!)

As a fan of Wes Anderson's film, I would totally see this movie if it were real. If for no other reason, really, than to know where I can get a copy of the song at 1:56 mark:



As good as Norton is in this send-up is, however, he could take voice lessons from the guy playing Wilson in this Wes Anderson spoof from a couple of years ago:



Of course, Anderson himself has a film coming out next year titled The Grand Budapest Hotel. And just like Moonrise Kingdom before it, this one also stars Edward Norton. Here is the for-some-reason-non-widescreen-shot trailer:


"You had me at Wes Anderson."

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