I consider myself a Wes Anderson fan. I've been an admirer of his, ever since I saw The Royal Tenenbaums and Life Aquatic about ten years ago, and have been anxiously waiting for each new Anderson release since. I buy all of his films. I read everything there is to know about 'em. I have been nothing short of fascinated by his recognisable style, wit and aesthetics.
Considering those aesthetics, The Grand Budapest Hotel is unarguably Anderon's most stylised film.…
I was gonna say "well, I've seen worse" but I'm trying really hard to think of a comedy-sequel that was less funny than this. Probably Hangover 2, though they're definitely in the same league.
Brick had one or two funny moments. That was about it for me. The story was about 30 minutes too long, and the jokes were mainly rehashes from the characteristics we've known from the previous film.
I don't see how people even try to compare this to the original which was superior in every single aspect.
If you love Lost In Translation, this is something to check out. It shows Sofia Coppola coping with lowbudget movie-making, and a small filmcrew working very hard to make it all work.
Meanwhile Bill Murray steals the show with hilarious encounters with Japanese citizens, and doing some great ad-libs that ended up in the movie (of which I didn't even know they were ad-libs).