I’ve been putting off watching The Grand Budapest Hotel since its release. Wes Anderson’s films intrigue me but it is rare that I enjoy them. Sometimes I wonder if I just don’t ‘get’ him.
I needn’t have feared, Grand Budapest is one of the two films of Anderson’s that I really enjoyed (the other being Fantastic Mr Fox). For me the two have strong similarities. Particularly in the visual style. Grand Budapest feels a lot like a stop-motion animation, despite the live action. I tried to describe it to a friend as having a tempo that carried the action and the plot along at a pleasing pace.
What I can really get behind is the style and attention to detail. Here we’re seeing a craftsman at work. And I think for the first time I get him.