It’s a losing equation: the closer parodies and homages of Wes Anderson’s work get to perfectly capturing the director’s style, the more insufferable the result. For every halfway decent homage — like the Halloween-themed entry from “SNL” last year — there are dozens that actively detract from fond memories of Anderson’s films. It’s a thin tightrope walk even to attempt one, certainly, but now a clever Vimeo user has put a spin on Anderson’s style by applying it to another film often stamped with the “precious” label.
“A Chocolate Box Kind of Life," a roughly two-minute film created by Louis Paquet, utilizes your usual Anderson tropes — Futura, symmetry, and tidied props handled with care. But instead of tackling a made-up narrative of father/son dynamics and pen pals, it takes the viewer through the narrative of “Forrest Gump” as that Robert Zemeckis film’s opening credits. Paquet certainly knows his details of both films, and the way he stages his credits interacting with the props on-screen is quite clever as well.
However nicely handled it may be, let’s hope the film sets a moratorium on parodies and homages for the near future, or until one changes it up at least with the Archer font Anderson uses in “The Grand Budapest Hotel." Check out Paquet’s work below. [via FilmDrunk]