The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel ★★★★

I still have some minor gripes with this one--I love Wes for his concise narratives and their emotional resonance, both of which are largely thrown out the window during the middle third's [admittedly visually stunning] absurdist adventures--but, knowing what to expect, I enjoyed it much more this time. It's definitely a change of pace, directorially speaking; I feel like I might appreciate Anderson's approach better were I more familiar with his influences (Jean Renoir, on whom I'm mixed, and Ernst Lubitsch, with whom I'm totally inexperienced). Things I can't deny: the production design is lavish and immaculate; Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan were born to be in Wes Anderson films; and the last ten minutes are sublimely poignant.

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