I’ve been trying to write a review of The Grand Budapest Hotel for over a month, but it’s given me an unusual amount of trouble. It has made me curious about what this very specific writer’s block means in terms of my opinion of the film. I certainly enjoyed it, as I’ve enjoyed all Wes Anderson films, but it seems like I just don’t have much to say about it. My overriding opinion from a review standpoint is that if you like Wes Anderson’s other movies, you’ll like The Grand Budapest Hotel, if you dislike them then you’ll want to skip it, and if you’re indifferent it’s worth checking out but probably not as worthy of attention as some of Anderson’s other works.
Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be fascinating.
People either tend to love or hate Wes Anderson movies. Even his detractors will probably admit a grudging respect for some of his earlier films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, or The Royal Tenenbaums), but he lost some of his early followers as his films got more bizarre (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited). But recently he has had a bit of a resurgence, and Moonrise Kingdom was considered by many to be his best film yet. With all that in mind, I give you a trailer you’re likely either to love or hate. Take a look at The Grand Budapest Hotel, and read on for my thoughts: