I haven’t seen a Wes Anderson film before. Even The Royal Tenenbaums, which I am reliably informed is something of a masterpiece. So all I had to go on, heading into the cinema, was the trailer and an idea that he tends towards the whimsical.
It also has a cast list as long as my arm, and studded with a panoply of big-name stars. It’s a draw, on the one hand, but it does tend to make me apprehensive. There’s a degree of “what is it compensating for?”, as well as a sense that some of these people can have only the barest amount of screen time in a film only 100 minutes long.
But without wanting to prejudge or give away anything much about the film, let’s get stuck into it.