Like all Anderson's work, it's a bit too preoccupied with homage & pastiche to develop a life outside of its own catalog of cinematic influences; too arch & ironical in its delivery to really connect on a deeper level; the work of a "smarty-pants" rather than someone genuinely smart. However, it's a tremendous amount of fun, carried along by the strength of its varied characters & the brilliance of its craft. A joy.
For me this is when Anderson's style of film making finally clicked. There's some great visual jokes that flows perfectly with the unique stop motion animation and scenery from scene to scene is gorgeous to look out. Dahl's book has a great sense of personality that comes alive with Anderson's vision and then expands it while keeping in touch with the books English roots and quirks. So yeah it's pretty fantastic!
My least favorite Wes Anderson, but it is very charming and highly imaginative. Here as elsewhere in Anderson's films, I am in love with the way certain kinds of dialogue are written and delivered so as to be simultaneously or successively sweet, tragic, and hilarious.