REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Chris Luckett

Wes Anderson is the most visually distinctive film director since Stanley Kubrick. Other than his first film, the six that followed — Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom — all looked similarly idiosyncratic to the point of being immediately identifiable, even just by a still frame, as “Andersonian.” His eighth feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is at once a typical Wes Anderson movie and also something much more.

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Wes Anderson’s Coterie

Photo: Buena Vista Pictures

Photo: Buena Vista Pictures

Chris Luckett

With the visually distinctive writer-director’s The Grand Budapest Hotel in the midst of opening wide into theatres, you may have noticed some familiar faces in the movie’s ubiquitous ads. If you’ve seen any Wes Anderson movie, then you’ll already recognize some of the cast, as Anderson has a habit of recasting the same actors in different films he makes.

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