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Film Review The Grand Budapest Hotel

I liked it, but wanted to like it more after having so enjoyed the trailer.

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moonrise

Dir. Wes Anderson
(2012, PG-13, 94 minutes)

Moonrise Kingdom is odd even by Wes Anderson standards. His visual compositions are eerily symmetrical. His shots are straight on, rarely – perhaps never – angled. His camera moves on a horizontal or vertical axis at all times. And like his visual approach his characters and their dialogue are mannered – dry and controlled, yet whimsical. It’s not an easy film to digest, but that’s not surprising for Anderson. I remember in 2007 I had to watch The Darjeeling Limited twice: the first time I was nonplussed, but the second time I was unexpectedly touched.

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'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

Dir. Wes Anderson
(2009, PG, 87 min)
★ ★ ★

Fantastic Mr. Fox is like Chicken Run for hipsters. Directed and co-written by Wes Anderson, he of hyper-ironic fare like The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited, it takes the Roald Dahl novel and coats it with a layer of laid-back cool. It’s too glib by half, surrounding emotional or energetic scenes with ones that are so detached they don’t feel like anyone’s playing for keeps. George Clooney voices Mr. Fox with Danny Ocean’s slick nonchalance; you can hear the smirk in his dialogue.

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