4.5 stars. I will admit to being pretty determined not to enjoy this film but I couldn't help myself! It's like if Kinder made Fabergé eggs!! I probably gasped for joy at all the model work. I totally gave myself up over to its bourgeois pleasures... I don't know if I even had a moral thought in my head while watching it. The cast are all having so much fun. As pretty as a Chris Ware comic with none of the depth!
not a big fan of the plot. i feel like if it hadn't been for the loved and distinguishable style of Wes Anderson, i would have found it extremely difficult to like this movie. i did enjoy the fast pace because it kept me glued to the screen and required all my attention in order not to miss important details. i was pulled into the story even if i wasn't particularly a fan.
The Marx Brothers take the Neue Galerie. An ultra-precious celebration of style, nostalgia, loss, Anderson delivers what we expect from him, but without the conceit that any of this might have actually happened. The Mexican birthmark and quadruple frame narratives probably weren't necessary, but hey, I'll watch anyways, for the colors, the visual punning, the cameos, and costumes. A sensual delight.
A superb film in almost every respect, but the visual opulence is concealing a weak and disjointed story. I think Anderson could've improved the film immensely by focusing more directly on Stefan Zweig and 'The World of Yesterday'. Perhaps 'M. Gustave' could've been a writer *and* concierge, traveling secretly around Europe performing missions for the 'Society of Crossed Keys' and writing novellas in his spare time?