Wes Anderson is without a doubt my favorite director. You can tell he puts so much work into every part of his movies. There is never anything superfluous to them; nothing that doesn’t contribute to the plot, characterization, or theme in some way. Each film is in its own little world, populated with families, shops, schools, armies, nations, landscapes that seem fully plausible. No matter how preposterous the event, you never find yourself questioning characters with Mexico-shaped birthmarks or who survive lightning strikes unscathed. You are so immersed in the world that you simply accept the rules & circumstances it presents to you.
And he must be a nice guy because the same actors keep coming back as cameos. Many directors favor certain actors, but Anderson will have them appear in perhaps 5 minutes or less of the film. Even Bill Murray, who starred in another Anderson picture & is a comedic legend, showed up in Grand Budapest Hotel for, at most, 5 minutes. Anderson couldn’t possibly have paid the several famous actors appearing in this film as much as they would normally ask; & they surely wouldn’t have had only a few lines if they didn’t like working with Anderson. I would still love his films if he were a jerk, but this makes me appreciate his dedication even more.
I know I haven’t said much about this film specifically, but I highly suggest watching it. It’s one of those films that requires multiple viewings to fully understand the nuances & hidden treasures contained within, but even upon first sight, it is a sight to behold.