G is for The Grand Budapest Hotel MP
Over the break I saw the new Wes Andersen movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. Just as in all of his movies this one has a very distinct look and aesthetic. He has a way of creating this whole world which looks just like our world but is somehow slightly different. Everything is perfectly placed in every shot in a particular and unique aesthetic. He has been able to do this in every one of his movies and this new one is no exception, and it still fails to get old or boring. It’s fascinating how he is able to pair this with the plot, and characters of the movie and use the aesthetic as another layer of telling the story, and it almost becomes a story all it’s own. I highly recommend going to see it.
Here’s the trailer:
To increase the awesomeness here’s a little bit more about Wes Anderson as what makes this particular movie interesting is basically the fact that it is his latest installment.
Wes Anderson… has a very special kind of talent: He knows how to convey the simple joys and interactions between people so well and with such richness. This kind of sensibility is rare in movies. ~ Martin Scorsese
http://rushmoreacademy.com/ (this is a blog dedicated to his movies)
Here’s an article about the movie: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304914204579393040751770278 The article is intriguingly named “The Life Aesthetic with Wes Anderson”
I think the most interesting part about this movie and Wes Anderson is that even though he continues to produce work of this unique style he’s really moved very much into the main stream. This plays into the dilemma of independent film which is can you have an independent blockbuster? Is it still an “artistic film”? Is it still cool? Is something lost in the fact that he’s becoming so popular? Is it only a matter of time until his particular aesthetic is lost because in a way it was just too good?