I think I was a little too ready to love this movie. Great cast, great… MoreI think I was a little too ready to love this movie. Great cast, great style, and sweet story of young love, but there's also a "same old Wes Anderson" feeling to it; it's almost belaboured. Despite Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, you rarely laugh out loud, and it's almost played too straight: trying to be too sweet.
Anderson makes unique films, and I do like them all, but he may getting a little stale. He hasn't blown me away since The Royal Tenenbaums. I have great expectations for The Grand Budapest Hotel - in a way, I think he needs to knock that one out of the park in order to keep making the kinds of movies he wants to make. I'm starting to see a Tim Burton career parallel, in which he ends up only getting work from Disney, which isn't the worst thing in the world, but will lead to compromises in his films' most valuable aspect: their aesthetic.
Though it takes a while to get going - needing to establish that this… MoreThough it takes a while to get going - needing to establish that this family is happy and loves each other before the story complicates - this is a film that dramatizes its complaint about the pace of modern life very well. It sways back and forth between the realist and the absurd, and the way its walls close in is chilling. I really liked this one - Switzerland's submission for Best Foreign Language film in its year of release.
Based on a play, so it comes with limitations, but slow and too talky,… MoreBased on a play, so it comes with limitations, but slow and too talky, overall. Not Hitchcock's best work. And while conceptually, I like that the whole story takes place in one room, it's unfortunately stiff to watch.
A decent ensemble performance with interesting characters, but it… MoreA decent ensemble performance with interesting characters, but it unfortunately tends toward the way-too-cliche in the end: settling differences with a hockey game, for instance, (using jersey recycled from Bon Cop, Bad Cop... seriously), or the classic "get on the plane but at the last minute get off the plane" rom-com ending. Enjoyable for a while, with a couple of big laughs, even, but wears out before the end.