Song of the Day #2,219: ‘Moonshine’ – Alexandre Desplat

grand_budapest_hotelAs Wes Anderson has released his meticulous cinematic concoctions at a clip of about one every three years, a segment of the audience has begun to tire of him.

I sympathize with those naysayers. I can’t deny that his films have an insular, fussed-over quality that sets them a little too far away from what most of us consider real life. It’s tempting to be turned off by the certainty that he spent as much time worrying about the art direction and costumes as he did about the script and actors.

But if your creative antennae are tuned to the same wavelength as Anderson’s, his films are delightful, not distancing. The dollhouse quality is a portal into a fantastic new world bathed in melancholy and offbeat humor.

I’m on Team Wes. And if he has never again quite reached the heights of 1998’s Rushmore, one of my favorite films ever, he’s also never released a film that isn’t worth revisiting.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s eighth feature film, is his best since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, or maybe even The Royal Tenenbaums. It’s funny and sad and formally brilliant. Ralph Fiennes gives a fabulous comedic performance that makes you wonder why the man has avoided comedy throughout his career. I hope he’s recognized come Oscar time.

Sure, Anderson makes the same sort of movie every time, but nobody else working today makes movies anything like his.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,219: ‘Moonshine’ – Alexandre Desplat

  1. Dana says:

    I liked Budapest a bit more than I have liked Anderson’s other offerings, but, frankly, insular, fussed-over and formally brilliant ain’t my cup of tea, so I am not on Team Wes.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Well I just loved this movie! Laughed about it for days; loved everyone in it esp. Ralph Fiennes, I am on Team Wes, but I didn’t like The Life Aquatic, never saw it all the way through though, so maybe I’ll give it another try some day.

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