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Watch: Opening Credits of ‘Forrest Gump’ In The Style Of Wes Anderson

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by Charlie Schmidlin
April 24, 2014 11:09 AM
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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]

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  • McKenzie | April 24, 2014 1:56 PMReply

    Yeah that seems like this kind of thing is only appropriate as some sort of school exercise or something. Maybe if he'd found someone to arrange the Forrest Gump theme by Alan Silvestri in the baroque-jazz Mothersbaugh style it could have been cooler.
    Oh wait....what if they made Forest Gump into an 8-bit video game??
    Or had Forest meet Star Wars characters...but in an office?
    Or made a supercut of all the times Forest blinks?
    (Sigh...)

  • Pig Bodine | April 24, 2014 12:41 PMReply

    Odd that the writer of this piece could have such an clear grasp of the good and bad aspects of Wes Anderson parody, yet not find this completely tedious and pointless. It's *exactly* what he's complaining about, not an exception.

    Sorry, but Paquet should aim his resources and his obvious skill at making something more about himself and less about a filmmaker who needs no more homages or imitators. And I don't mean a series recreating all of Tarantino's trunk shots.

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