Analyzing ” Asteroid City”

Francisco Enrique Castro, Guest Reporter

 On March 31, acclaimed director Wes Anderson released the trailer for his 11th feature-length film “Asteroid City,” which premieres June 23.
  Most of Anderson’s signature cast of actors are back for the upcoming comedy, such as Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Willem Dafoe,and more. New members to the live action Anderson “Troop” (a callback to his early film Moonrise Kingdom) are academy award winning behemoths such as Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, and Steve Carrell, amongst others.

   Anderson’s most well known and acclaimed films feature larger than life concepts with dry pan dialogue, such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Royal Tenenbaums, and the French Dispatch. Asteroid City’s trailer is no different.
  Asteroid City is a period piece set in the United States in the 1950s. The trailer depicts a class field trip to a stargazer convention in a fictional canyon reminiscent of the Utah Red Rocks. The trip goes haywire when their car breaks down, a nuclear bomb is tested a few miles away from the site, and aliens make a surprise visit.
  The color palette of the movie has already become an obsession for fans of the director who, after more than 30 years of pushing the standard for creative filmmaking, manages to host a grander ensemble cast, a wackier premise, and a canvas of new colors. Anderson paints a vibrant picture of red, orange, and tan all symmetrically pieced together.
  The trailer shows characters tackling things of existentialism, the meaning of life, and religion as astronomical observations become more extreme.
  The trailer may allude to a freight train being important to the plot for a few reasons. The two songs the trailer uses are about a freight train, there are many quick shots of trains and particularly one at the end of the trailer when the chorus of the song “Freight Train” by Nancy Whiskey plays over a scene of a freight train moving along a railroad track, and how the first thing the trailer establishes is that the characters are stranded and would need a method of transportation out.
  Another potential narrative the film may tackle is the involvement of the government and U.S. Military, which is seen in multiple scenes guarding the exits of the convention.
  Schwartzman and Johansson’s characters also feature a love interest throughout the trailer.
  Finally, the film appears to showcase Anderson’s iconic deadpan dialogue for his characters, trading in raw emotion for wit and quirkiness.
  Asteroid City sees a wide release in theaters June 26 under Universal Studios.