Clever Video Imagines Wes Anderson's Version Of 'Forrest Gump'
What if Wes Anderson made Forrest Gump instead of Robert Zemeckis? Filmmaker Louis Paquet answers this question in a video he posted on Vimeo this week that pays homage to Anderson.
His clip is a little over two-minutes long and shows just the opening title credits of Forrest Gump (although it's done in such a clever way we wish we could see the whole film as an Anderson production). Paquet uses The Grand Budapest Hotel director's distinctive and stylistic troupes—technical symmetry, vibrant colors and yellow font. There's even a Mark Mothersbaugh track to keep the mood whimsical.
However, Anderson may beg to differ that he's trying to go for a specific style. In an interview with Dinner Party Download in March, he said:
Every time I’m making a movie I think I am doing something totally different from anything I’ve ever done before, and I’m back to square one and I want to try to make a new experience for everybody. Then, when the movie is done, a lot of people say “It reminds me a lot of everything else you’ve ever done!” But I’m not really thinking about that when I’m making a movie. I don’t want to do anything to make it like what I’ve done before. Sometimes I might be aware that “I am now going to use a technique that I have used a number of times.” But I’m only doing it because I can’t think of a better way to do it.
And this isn't the first time anyone's tried copying Anderson's style. There was that SNL parody on the filmmaker's work last October that posed the question, "What if Anderson made a horror movie?" You would have The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, starring Edward Norton playing Owen Wilson:
[h/t: Film Drunk]