The latest Wes Anderson, and his second animated, film may not have the same emotional depth and hits that The Royal Tenenbaums and Life Aquatic has, but it is pure Anderson.
It brings together all the classic tropes of Anderson’s films that have developed over the course of his work. There’s the narrator, the chapters, the stylised shots, maps, technology that is simultaneously modern yet retro. The plot, is just as Anderson, sharing much with the plot of The Grand Budapest Hotel – a duplicitous powerful figure that has an ulterior motive for their actions that is uncovered by a pure good natured individual.
Is it his best yet? No, it’s perhaps not original enough, it is too similar plot and story wise to Grand Budapest, where for all their similarities Andersons films tend to have their own stories and plots. It is however a lovely warm film and one that will be enjoyed by any Anderson fan.
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