Gorgeous poster after the cut.
My freaking God. Is there anything not to love in this?! Jesus. Seems to indicate we’ll in the presence of Ralph Fiennes’ second iconic role of his career. I don’t want to bust anyone’s balls by listing everything that is perfect about this so let’s make it short: Tilda.
March 7 2014: The perfect antidote to whatever the fuck AMPAS decides to torture us with.
Wes Anderson’s retro-coloring and imagery is one style I will never grow tired of.
If this is nominated for screenplay and nothing else: not Lead Actor (Fiennes), not Supp Actor (newcomer Tony Revolori), not costumes, not production design, not makeup, not cinematography, not music…I’m going to explode!
Finally! An inspired Wes Anderson film. This looks like his best work since Royal Tenenbaum’s (minus Fantastic Mr. Fox). His style has always been stronger than his screenplays, but this seems interesting since he’s the only credited writer.
I love everything about this cast, too. Including the fabulous Saiorse Ronan, who this role seems much better for her than How I Live Now.
Cinematography looks incredibly accomplished as per usual with the added extravagance of being shot in three different aspect rations -1:33, 1:85, 2:35 to reference time periods. It’s not getting nominated tho. Once you recall they failed to nominate Gene Hackman in TENENBAUMS you pretty much know they’re hopeless –obstinate with being irrelevant
I think the problem with many of his films getting nominations for performance is that its such an ensemble, it’s hard to reward one actor without rewarding them all. I feel there really should be ensemble awards at the Oscars. Films like Magnolia, Royal Tenenbaums, and most Tarantino films, etc., can only be rewarded as a whole.
Looks like another cult-bound Wes Anderson classic AND another fantastic showcase for the brilliant and criminally underrated Ralph Fiennes who has been only nominated twice (supporting for Schindler’s List, lead for The English Patient – both won BP), the last time was 17 (!) ago. This is a list of his most acclaimed work since then :
1999 – The End of the Affair / Sunshine / Onegin
2002 – Spider
2005 – The Constant Gardener
2008 – In Bruges / The Duchess / The Reader
2009 – The Hurt Locker
2011 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II / Coriolanus
2012 – Skyfall
2013 – The Invisible Woman
To me the most shocking part is that somehow they could ignore him in lead in 1999 and in supporting in 2008. His ambitious and remarkably challenging performance in the little-seen, shockingly underrated Sunshine is one of his best.
I am fully aware that Best Actor is crowded this year, but I still hope he will get serious traction for The Invisible Woman. I know…wishful thinking.
With Moonrise Kingdom, I would agree. However, Ralph Fiennes is truly a stand-out in this ensemble…they even list his name above the others
I agree, Fiennes seems to be stealing the show here. But we’ll have to wait for the final film still.
Great point. As of now -and for 2013- I can only think of BLUE JASMINE, NEIGHBORING SOUNDS would have to be nominated in such a category. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES and STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS boast tremendous casts, but the films are mediocre, so nope.
a 2012 nominee line-up would have looked like this for me:
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Even when a single actor is the clear lead and/or steals the show, some films you can’t help but be in awe of the ensemble. Could be the only way great pieces like OCEAN’S ELEVEN and CONTAGION could get AMPAS love.
I want to go to there
You are so right about “Sunshine”. But to me the cruelest thing ever done to him was denying him the Oscar for “Schindler’s List”. He was beyond perfect in that movie.
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One would like to say that Wes Anderson should finally get some Oscar love, one would like to say Robert D. Yeoman’s cinematography is beyond exquisite, one would like to say there should be an ensemble award at the oscars. You could say all that and you’d be right, but I have to say one thing – Ralph Fiennes, that is all.
I don’t know if I’m in the minority here, but I really thought that of the many snubbed movies last year for Best Picture nominees, Moonrise Kingdom was one in particular. That film was tremendous!
Exactly! I tallied BP noms for the 10 most accurate precursor awards and it was #7 (AFI/PGA/BFCA/GG/SAT/WGA) right before Django and Beasts, and the only movie within the Top 9 not to make the cut (presumably beaten by outsider Amour, older-skewing Academy bla bla bla). In retrospect, I guess it was a bad omen, given the importance of the actors’ branch within the Academy, that it missed SAG Ensemble despite its stellar cast, and that Marigold Hotel got in instead (again older-skewing maybe).
As for Budapest Hotel, I don’t have any idea, based on trailer alone, if it’ll be strong enough to wow the Academy, but it does present some strengths in Hair/Makeup, Production Design and Costumes, and of course the now customary screenplay nod.
Rushmore has remained my favorite Wes Anderson film, and for reasons I can’t perfectly articulate. It just means something to me that no other movie ever has. Most film fanatics should understand the personal factor. That being said, I love all of his films, and it’s obvious that he continues to outdo himself with each picture.
I agree with everyone here, especially on the point of the Academy missing out on some of the brilliance. There’s been plenty of great, even some amazing films in the past decade and so, but I don’t understand why Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom didn’t get more awards recognition.
Moonrise Kingdom especially is one of Wes’ most mature and focused pieces; it’s so much fun to watch it, you can’t help but love the characters, it looks beautiful, and everything comes together seamlessly. He has mastered the trade at this point, and I really hope this one delivers so that hopefully, we can see him take the stage and make a speech.
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