Last night, Brad and I saw the new Wes Anderson flick “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Of course it was whimsical, heartfelt, hilarious and total eye candy. Just like every other Wes Anderson movie. And exactly what I expected.
I caught a brief interaction on one of my favorite radio programs on the Current in which Jill Riley and Steve Seel discussed Wes Anderson and how none of his current work has lived up to his pictures “Bottle Rocket” and “Rushmore.” I got so annoyed I had to change the station. I think Wes Anderson is currently doing some of his best work. Sure, “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” are classics. But the visual experience and his own personal style are improving with each picture. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is proof of this.
The characters are charming. The acting is delightful. But the camera movements, the cuts, the editing, and the overall color palette and styling are just rich and decadent. It’s the film equivalent of eating a cake from Mendl’s. Is it my FAVORITE Wes Anderson movie? No. But it made the top 3, I think. But I wish we could just enjoy movies for the sake of enjoying movies and storytelling, and didn’t feel compelled to compare and contrast everything all the time. It’s exhausting and not a joyful way of looking at the world.
To view the trailer, click here. And I encourage everyone to check out this fun, funny and more-gruesome-than-I’d-anticipated film.