The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel ★★★★

Is romance Wes Anderson's weak spot?

This is his most intricately designed production (aside from Isle of Dogs), and I love the brilliance on display in that area. Fiennes is a treasure. But I've never had the emotional experience with this that I've had with his other films, and I think that's because much of the emotional weight is put upon the relationship between Zero and Agatha, which just can't bear it.

All of Anderson's most moving relationships are something other than romantic: between fathers and children; mentors and proteges; siblings; friends. To date, the one that works best on a romantic level is between Anthony and Inez in Bottle Rocket. Maybe I'd also include Mr. and Mrs. Fox.

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