81 posts tagged Wes Anderson
that’s disappointing to hear but i think i’ll watch it anyway. do you think wes anderson’s becoming less and less great?
Well, it just seems to me that he is a filmmaker who hasn’t grown. His style is becoming increasingly stale film after film, as though he compensates for a lack of fresh ideas by throwing pretty elements all over it. I’m crazy for fonts, too, but I’m not about to revisit a film for its impressive use of typeface. So in a nutshell, yes, I’m tired of seeing his recycled, soulless characters, no matter what exotic location he decides to insert them into next.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel is perhaps my least favorite Wes Anderson film.
It follows Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), concierge at the prestigious Hungarian hotel, and his lobby boy Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori) as the duo embark on an elaborate series of misadventures and near escapes, fleeing from the murderous family of a wealthy, lonely matriarch (Tilda Swinton) whom Gustave has had numerous trysts with. While beautifully photographed, featuring incredibly detailed and impressive sets (not to mention those delightful miniatures we’ve come to know and love from The Life Aquatic and The Fantastic Mr. Fox) and quite the celebration of typography, Grand Budapest was even more emotionally barren than Moonrise Kingdom, and much less charming and humorous than all of Anderson’s other films. It played like an overlong high school skit, and even his impressive ensemble cast of usual suspects could not prevent the pan-tilt-track sequence of camera movements in the film from getting plenty tiresome after the nth repetition. This was also perhaps Anderson’s weakest screenplay, with drawn out punchlines that often relied on hammy performances. The highlight of the film was the painstakingly made-up Tilda Swinton, who was in the picture for maybe all of three minutes, and yet managed to be instantly recognizable and unrecognizable at the same time. I did appreciate Anderson’s homage to Max Ophuls’ The Earrings of Madame de…, a film that the auteur has mentioned before as a favorite.
I suppose the problem with The Grand Budapest Hotel is that it has become a shining example that Wes Anderson views people as still life, as things that can photograph beautifully, instead of sources of genuine joy or delight. He seems so intent on how they appear on camera that he forgets about the importance of energy and the fascinating dynamics of human interaction. The result is an array of stories about characters, and not people. What’s more, Anderson has seemed to forget how real emotions are played on screen, because when he attempts a moment of earnestness between characters, it falls flat in excruciating failure. In his obsession with mimicking the colorful palette of culture and vibrancy of life, he ends up with a sterile, manufactured product that is completely devoid of warmth. For an audience, this style makes the material impossible to connect with, an exercise of ennui that makes one wonder if this whole venture was better off as a book of photographs instead of a film.
RENOWNED FILM DIRECTOR WES ANDERSON SHOOTS IN ZUBROWKA
Three-time Academy Award nominee Wes Anderson brings his directing expertise to the mountains of Nebelsbad for his latest film. Wes will use several techniques to convey the three separate time periods that the movie spans, utilizing his unique artistic approach to capture the heart of old Zubrowka.
THE AUTEURS OF CHRISTMAS
Ever wondered what Christmas morning would look like if it was directed by one of Hollywood’s beloved auteurs? Check out this video from Fourgrounds Media, showcasing the cinematic styles of Steven Spielberg, Sergei Eisenstein, Woody Allen and Wes Anderson.
THE MIDNIGHT COTERIE OF SINISTER INTRUDERS: A HORROR FILM BY WES ANDERSON
Thanks to pillowcasemusic for the heads up!
The symmetry of Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Are you looking for a gift for the Wes Anderson fan in your life? Are you tired of giving them tweed jackets and scarves? The Wes Anderson Collection is the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career. Previously unpublished photos, artwork, and ephemera complement a book-length conversation between Anderson and award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
One usually comes to expect the mother of all ensembles in every Wes Anderson film. In his newest offering, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson doesn’t disappoint with an impressive cast consisting of Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Edward Norton and Jeff Goldblum, to name just a few. The film follows Gustave H, a concierge at the eponymous hotel, and his adventures (or more aptly, misadventures) with his lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori). Promising the usual dry humor and outlandish shenanigans that are present in most of the Rushmore director’s films, The Grand Budapest Hotel opens its doors in March 2014.