You’re reading this website, which means you will automatically see Wes Anderson’s new movie, Grand Budapest Hotel. That much is a given. But like many Americans, you probably have older folks in your family with whom you’d like to bond over a movie that didn’t involve superheroes. (Sadly, the only unifying genre in modern cinema.)
In a move that will surely attract the elder demographic, Anderson has apparently cast iconic actress Angela Lansbury in his new movie. “I’m playing awoman of mystery, it’s a minuscule role,” Lansbury told The Gentlewoman. I’m on the screen probably for less than 5 minutes.” That is not very much to go on. But it does ensure that you will be able to appeal to your mom by telling her, “Murder She Wrote is in it!” And then she’ll quibble with you that that’s not really her name, and quibble even more when the movie turns out to be a reliably Anderson-ian pastiche of sexual exploration and low-as-high-styled dirty humor (like, I can’t even imagine watching the scene in Moonrise Kingdom where the tweens grope each other with my mom), but you’ll be out together as a family and that’s all that counts.