Wes Anderson on War

In this series Doug Keller and Gene Meyer review various films.

After watching “Inherent Vice” last week, Gene and Doug tackle Wes Anderson’s most recent film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Has Wes Anderson grown as a director, or has his unique style caused his work to become stale?

Wes Anderson is a critically acclaimed director with a unique style that is tough to mistake. His previous films include: “Rushmore”,  “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”, and Moonrise “Kingdom”.

About the Movie:

  • It was released February  6th of 2014.
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is nominated for: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Production Design,  Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score.
  • This is Wes Anderson’s 8th Film.

Some things I noticed watching the movie a second time: (Spoilers)

  •  The Women known only as Serge’s have a resemblance to The Fates in Greek Mythology. The fates determined who lived and who died, in the Grand Budapest Hotel the sister’s first appear at the funeral.
  •  The colors become more vibrant as the film goes further and further into the past.
  • The Jail serves as a foil to the hotel.
  • The ending of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has a similar scene to the children hanging off the church in “Moonrise Kingdom”.
  • The writer’s child, at the start of the film wears a uniform that is extremely similar to kind worn by the military later in the film.
  • The gun fight at the end of the film reminded me of the “Powder Keg” that is noted as the start of World War I.
  • The film satirizes the trope of the main characters having a falling out in the middle of the movie. Although there is a short break in the fellowship of the main characters, it is resolved in one scene/take.

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