Few film directors have as distinct a visual aesthetic as Wes Anderson. His films, such as The Royal Tennenbaums, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Moonrise Kingdom, feel like preciously quaint dioramas where every detail is just so. Anderson is the crown prince of twee and it makes his projects unmistakable. One never sees a Wes Anderson movie and thinks that anyone but the Oscar nominee could have directed it. That is certainly the case with his latest short film “Come Together” that Anderson made for H&M’s holiday collection.
The film stars Adrien Brody on a train, a place he previously inhabited in Anderson’s 2007 movie The Darjeeling Limited. As conductor Ralph on the H&M Lines train “Winter Express,” Brody has to inform his passengers that their trip is being delayed 11.5 hours which will interfere with their holiday plans. To make up for the inconvenience, Ralph and his assistant porter Fritz hastily assemble a Christmas brunch complete with a “chocolate-flavored hot beverage with whipped topping” that sounds really unappetizing.
Like a lot of Anderson films, the plot is secondary to the visuals, which in this case includes H&M’s seasonal styles. But Brody was excited to work with the director again. “Reuniting with Wes on this H&M film is a little like getting the band back together. We had a blast bringing Wes’ vision to life,” he said.