The Grand Budapest Hotel

by | Dec 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Wes Anderson’s Creativity Goes to New Levels as He Delivers His Best Film Yet

It has been a long time since I have actually experienced “eye candy.” And boy am I glad to find this movie in my local theatre, after weeks of personal blockade. The Grand Budapest Hotel gave an air of uncertainty around it: some critics loved it, others loathed it. Even so, when I walked into the theatre with some friends I had my expectations set pretty high. As the movie progressed I was sucked into director Wes Anderson’s world, I had goose bumps throughout the entire film due to the immense amount of pleasure I got from just watching. At the end of my journey I was left shocked at how short those two hours had felt: I wanted more!

The story is set in the fictional Eastern European state of Zubrowka, and it jumps through various time periods: a woman praising a national author, the author himself (Tom Wilkinson) working on his best piece, the younger author being inspired by the owner of the Grand Budapest Hotel, and the story of the Grand Budapest Hotel owner. The young author is played by Jude Law and the hotel owner by F. Murray Abraham. This hotel owner started off as a lobby boy at the Grand Budapest in the 1930s, he was known by the name of Zero Moustafa. The hotel in the 1930s was run by concierge M. Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes at his best), a man that liked sleeping with old and rich hotel guests. As one of Gustave’s “lovers” is found dead, he is left with a valuable piece of inheritance. Gustave then clashes along with Zero with the old woman’s son (Adrien Brody) and his deadly body guard (William Dafoe). The story complicates even more from there.

Certainly the most noticeable if not the best aspect of the film is the geometric perfection of the cinematography, and of course the colorful and spectacular set design. Every shot is a delight to watch, every room is a masterpiece. Of course I’m not to discard the extraordinary costume design: the purple Budapest Hotel uniforms by far the most enjoyable. In technical aspects it was clearly worked on by the best of the best. I specifically liked the big overhead shots that were shown to be, exaggeratedly, on a model, which led me to even more incredulous admiration of originality.

All these technical aspects are of course drowned out by the amazing interpretations made by the everlasting Ralph Fiennes, who steals every scene he is in. I also want to take note of fairly newcomer, Tony Revolori who plays the young Zero Moustafa. There is of course a need to mention the performances in small roles of: Edward Norton, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, and Harvey Keitel.

The movie is literally flawless, it exceeds all expectations in every facet of movie making: technical, acting, and the storyline, which is so perfectly constructed. If with all these factors, the time is made seem short… really there in nothing more you could ask for. I agree, however, with my first instinct that this film is so unique and off the chart that it is to be received either really well or really bad. It’s a polar film that nevertheless would be more than recommended by me.





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