Only essentially the most hardened Wes Anderson sceptic might fail to be charmed by the director’s newest. The Great Story of Henry Sugar is his second Roald Dahl adaptation (after Incredible Mr Fox) and, at simply 37 minutes’ working time, it’s a densely detailed journey with an intricate Russian doll story construction. The baton is handed from narrator to narrator, beginning with Ralph Fiennes as Dahl in his writing shed; then, amongst others, to Benedict Cumberbatch within the title position of Henry Sugar, an prosperous playboy and inveterate gambler who develops the flexibility to see by way of objects. It’s a ability he hopes to make use of to cheat at playing cards, however he discovers one thing quite extra profound as an alternative.
That is an archetypal Anderson movie: mannered, fussy, obsessively designed – usually irksome traits, however on this alchemic occasion it’s an totally pleasant mixture.