It's tough to be a director with such a distinct style because even if you aren't trying to you can be seem to be trying too hard to play into that style when in reality you're just directing the way you have always directed.
ive been a WA fan since bottle rocket was released on home video. his whole career has been one long exercise in style refinement that seems to have crescendoed in Moonrise Kingdom.
but it's gotten to the point where his style is overpowering the stories and characters, creating a wall of extra separation between the viewer and whatever emotion he is wanting to make you feel, which, to me, is the whole point of filmmaking: making the audience experience and feel something. some of you may have had this experience with Moonrise, but i honestly have no idea how someone who has seen all of his work can feel this is one of his better movies.
scorsese flirted with this, but never fell victim to it like anderson has. i personally feel he has lost that spark he had when he was moving up the ladder, something that scorsese never lost, even in his worst coke days.
by contrast, PT Anderson was also criticized for being too style heavy, and his films after Punch Drunk Love show a decided effort to mitigate that trend, which led to some very fresh and unexpected films.
I dont see Wes surprising anyone anymore, and i really fear this next hotel movie or whatever it is will be a disaster.