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You ever wonder what would happen if one of the quirkiest directors in Hollywood got his hands on a massive video game property like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain? Well, you can stop wondering, as we now have a trailer for Wes Anderson’s next cinematic masterpiece.
Wes Anderson, best known for movies like The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums and, more recently, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, is one of those rare directors whose movies have a very distinct style. It’s a style perfectly captured in this recent addition to Youtube, which asks the question, “What if Wes Anderson Directed Metal Gear Solid V?”
I once had a friend describe Wes Anderson’s films as “What a movie you made with your friends at the age of 10 would look like if you had a lot of money.” That’s not a knock on Anderson’s films themselves, as the guy is basically a factory that produces classics. But his movies are always full of a sense of youthful wonder, populated by bizarre individuals who deliver their stilted lines with almost robotic precision. That’s the same way Anderson’s movies are shot and written, too, turning the mundane into something almost magical. Again, it’s a very distinct style.
Above, Jacob Rich and his pals have harnessed the spirit of Anderson’s films and plugged them into a hugely popular video game series. That’s pretty appropriate, as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launches today across PlayStation and Xbox platforms, as well as PC.
Just like in Anderson’s films, Snake and Co. find themselves in some pretty dramatic situations, but there’s always a hint of childlike wonder wrapped around each scene.
What makes this pairing even more appropriate is the fact that MGS Director Hideo Kojima is one of the handful of game developers that has a similarly distinct style. From his bizarre cast of characters to the overly complex plots, wonderful soundtracks and goofball sense of humor plugged into otherwise dramatic affairs, Kojima and Anderson are two creators cut from the same cloth.
If you’re still hungry for more, you’ll find a similar “trailer” for a God of War movie posted below. While the creators of this one don’t openly refer to Wes Anderson, it’s clear that his unique spin on movies was a huge inspiration.