Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: A rich old woman’s death sends two men on an odyssey, during which they are assisted by a young woman with almost supernatural powers (of pastry); once again, women with potentially interesting lives are mere supporting characters in men’s lives. If the work of any filmmaker would seem a natural fit for women in nontraditional roles, it’s Wes Anderson’s, so the lack here is extra disappointing. How much more capery, for instance, might this caper have been if the lobby “boy” was actually a girl in disguise?
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Grand Budapest Hotel! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Grand Budapest Hotel.