Shave 15 minutes including the whole Linda Cardellini section off the film and I reckon this would be at least 4 stars.
I will admit that while the trailer looked intriguing to me and while I have been enjoying some of Jack Black's more recent work, the knowledge that this was directed by Eli Roth was putting me right off seeing it. However the other half wanted to see it and so off we went to catch it in 4DX 2D yesterday morning.
Now a day and a half later and after reflecting on it a fair bit I have to say…
There are few directors who seem to put in as much effort to a film visually than Wes Anderson. I have always loved his attention to detail, seemingly putting in the greatest attention to the smallest things.
This film, like so many of his previous films, is a joy to behold. The visual masterpiece on show; from the brilliant costumes to the glorious sets, was just astounding. Add to that the usual top notch assembly of cast members, the witty dialogue and the brilliant score and you have another triumph.