• Frank

    Umm it’s a movie, its entertainment and Anderson is a master at it.

  • Lubov Mazur

    I see the real world every day so why would I pay $12 to see it in the dark? I saw Grand Budapest Hotel and was very well entertained. If you will not see the film there is the benefit of less wear on the upholstery.

  • Laura boink

    “Twee” comes to mind? What a groundbreaking introspective.

  • walterH

    I hope Ms Turner will supply the other 70% of what could have been an interesting response to The Grand Budapest Hotel, but that might be asking a bit much of someone who thinks slang constitutes insight.

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  • Scott

    I find Wes Anderson films to be damning critiques of “reality.” Yes, his productions are quirky and twee, but it’s done with effective ironic intent. While the production deliberately conjures a strong sense of nostalgia that hearkens back to a golden era of family or society, the narrative tears down the idea of it ever existing in the first place.

    How is that not true of so much of our institutions today? The narratives our churches like to tell of the past are told with the same kind of nostalgia that Wes Anderson wants us to feel. But the reality is that if you dig into the actual history there’s a lot of ugly things that we’d rather not remember (The SBC was founded for slavery). I find that most churches and conservatives for that matter would like to go back to a better past. Wes Anderson would say it’s just figments of our childish and naive imagination.

    You don’t like Wes Anderson films, that’s just fine. But if you think he’s just trying to be twee and unrealistic, you’re completely mistaken.

  • Jonny

    Ooh, it’s dangerous to take on Wes Anderson. But I’m glad that not everyone is drinking the Koolaid. I did watch Grand Budapest Hotel, and I left feeling pretty empty. It seems to me that it’s Anderson’s goal to keep his audience at arm’s length. I respect his work, but I can’t pretend to love someone who is trying to alienate me.

    Steve had a great insight. Anderson does cut through nostalgia really well. I’d never thought about that before. I think that most Anderson films are much darker than people realize, because of all the pastels and frolicking Desplat soundtracks. I’ll keep watching his films, but I’ll do so warily. Anderson seems like the smart aleck kid that is fun to talk to, but with whom you can never quite be sure if you’re being made fun of.

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