Few directors of modern times have enacted their singular style and vision on cinema as Wes Anderson has. Chances are, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you could pick out one of his pictures from a mile off.
The quirky soundtrack, pastel colour blocks, painstaking details and symmetrical… everything. With such an idiosyncratic vision it can be easy to transfer Andersonion style points to most films. One creative, Louis Paquet, has done just that for the 1994 classic Forrest Gump.
After starting out life in the film industry with his Owen Wilson-collaborated short film developed Bottle Rocket, Anderson would continue to keep his friends and colleagues close in the years that followed, building a unique style aesthetic in the process. Projects such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou quickly followed and so did the critical and commercial success. Soon enough, the director had carved out his own perfectly curated niche. Strong relationships with his cast had been established and the big-name accolades began to roll in.
“I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets,” Anderson once said of his style. “There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do. It’s sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I’ve made the decision: I’m going to write in my own handwriting.”
He added: “Usually when I’m making a movie, what I have in mind first, for the visuals, is how we can stage the scenes to bring them more to life in the most interesting way, and then how we can make a world for the story that the audience hasn’t quite been in before.” It’s the distinctive handwriting that has been forged on this clip, as Paquet signs Anderson’s name on the bottom of Forrest Gump.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the original film is a beloved classic. It sees the somewhat slow-witted Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) who has never felt restricted, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), leads a full and enriching life.
Whether that is dominating college football, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his unstoppable optimism. Of course, he reserves a special place for his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).
It’s a long winding road that Paquet has turned into a captivating short film which puts the iconic director alongside a classic of cinema and marries them perfectly. The clip maybe short but it does everything it needs to, it’s sweet, carefully curated and painfully created, everything both entities are proud to be.
Watch what ‘Forrest Gump’ would like directed by Wes Anderson below.