I read somewhere recently that ‘at this point in time you either love Wes Anderson movies or you don’t’. I don’t believe it’s that black & white. Personally, I love Wes Anderson, but I don’t really love Wes Anderson movies anymore. After his career apexed with The Royal Tenenbaums, ever since, it’s been nothing but the same sh!t, with slight differences in the ‘plot’ – oh no, it’s love issues, but now it’s with daddy on a boat! then brothers on a train! and then there were them two misunderstood kids on an island! and now it’s longing for the lost love of a hotel’s glory years!
Wes’ Grand Budapest Hotel feels like his most ambitious film/diorama to date, but the only thing that’s grand is the design. Grand sets! Grand costumes! Grand mustaches! Grand use of the font Futura! Don’t get we wrong, Budapest is fun, and mildly funny, and Ralph Fiennes‘ concierge M. Gustave H character may be Anderson’s most fun character since Royal Tenenbaum himself, but as a movie??? It’s not much of a movie. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen the movie, cept there’s like 11% more F Murray Abraham!! Come to think of it, I kinda like the F Murray Abraham bits the most, where he, as our other main character, is collecting dust in the current run-down state of the hotel, and reflecting back on the way it used to be
I, like Wes, long for the past. I kinda wanted to go visit that Kutsher’s place, to see what had become of the Borscht-belted Catskill ‘grand’ resort, but I think I missed my chance, as it’s scheduled for demolition. For Wes, he did get to go back, and invented his own grand hotel with his pink and purple paintbrushes, but to what end? Longing for something not worth longing for. It’s a hotel that feels pretty vacant. Who cares if it looks amazing?
Wes, it’s time to hit the reset button. Try adapting someone else’s work (again, like you brilliantly did with Fantastic Mr Fox). You could be an even better Baz Luhrmann than Baz Luhrmann, instead of a Wes Anderson imitator
Verdictgo: Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges
Budapest is pesty in limited release
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…