The Grand Budapest Hotel(2014)
- RatedM18 /GenreComedy, Drama
The Rule of Thirds ain't all that if you're 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' director Wes Anderson, and South Korean director Kogonada is here to show us why.
It turns out that Anderson has a bit of a thing for symmetry, and Kogonada's collection of clips, all augmented with a central dotted line, illustrates that perfectly.
From 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' to 'The Royal Tenenbaums', 'The Life Aquatic...' to 'Moonrise Kingdom' and everywhere in between, multiple shots stack up in devotion to the principle of symmetrical equality.
But Anderson's framing is never exactly mirror image, and perhaps that's what drives home this peculiar stylistic bent.
And there's more.
With Kogonada as our guide, the rabbit hole goes even deeper in'"The Fox & Mr. Anderson'. Did you know that 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' is an effective compilation of Wes Anderson's preferred compositional tricks, lifting liberally from his own back catalogue?
Perhaps that's why Criterion was so quick to induct 2009's Roald Dahl stop-motion animation into its collection -- February's director-approved edition debuted not much more than four years after the film's debut theatrical release.