Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ reinvented as a Wes Anderson film
When thinking about the greats of modern cinema, it’s hard to look too far past the enigmatic and utterly absorbant work of Stanley Kubrick. A master of suspense and power, in film, Kubrick has no equal. But while Kubrick may not have an equal, Wes Anderson and his pale-pallette hue is, at least, equally as unique. So imagine our delight to see these two auteurs in one brilliantly crafted flick.
A few years back London filmmaker Steve Ramsden created The Grand Overlook Hotel, a mashup of Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining and we’re thrilled to show it to you now. It’s a seamless short film which shows the two polar films connect in so many ways. “I noticed how Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick frame their shots in a similar way—this was the result: The Grand Overlook Hotel,” filmmaker Ramsden said of the project.
Whether it’s shot selection or the marrying of the two main protagonists in each film; the hotels, this clip has a certain charm which belies the horror of The Shining and the fluffy exterior of The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s the most watchable thing we’ve seen all year and we’re certain that for any fan of either director or film, this is a must-watch.
What transpires in the clip is a delightful, minute-long trailer that offers up its audience a the very surreal feeling that M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) could, in fact, be co-existing in the same fictional hotel.
Despite being 34 years apart it’s an effortless mash-up of two auteurs who share the same impeccable eye and distinct tone of voice.