The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Running Time: 100 minutes
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Jude Law, Adrien Brody
The Grand Budapest Hotel tells the adventures of Gustave H (Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa (Revolori), the newest lobby boy of the hotel who becomes Gustave’s most trusted friend. The story involves theft of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle of an enormous family fortune, and murder.
Wes Anderson has always been known for his unique style of filmmaking, and this distinct visual style became more apparent over the years, especially in this film. His mastering of this unique style and technique made the film almost flawless and close to perfection. The attention to detail, the colours involved in the different scenes and characters, the cinematography, and the change in cameras as the story progressed was simply remarkable. You just can’t help but fall in love with the movie. The storyline itself was filled with endless humour and its narrative framework made the film even more lovable. The cast itself was filled with Anderson’s usual – from Bill Murray to Owen Wilson to Jason Schwartzman. There were a few additions – Saoirse Ronan as the love interest of Zero, Adrien Brody as Dmitri, the son of Madame D., Edward Norton as Inspector Henckels, Willem Dafoe as the assassin Jopling and Jeff Goldblum as the attorney, Deputy Kovacs. Furthermore, Ralph Fiennes did a wonderful job with the quirky and mysterious Gustave H., and carried the film forward effortlessly. Tony Revolori was a great addition and delight to watch. Anderson once again did an amazing job in casting this young actor to fill in the imperative role of Zero.
There was simply something quirky and unique about this film that catches your attention the moment the film pans to the hotel. The characters are humorous and even eccentric at times. It reminded me of classic comedic films and cartoons, where almost every action, and line was exaggerated on purpose to accentuate the moment.
Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of Wes Anderson’s masterpieces and it is a delightful and entertaining film. The visuals in the film are simply beautiful. Highly recommended to anyone who loves a light and comedic film.
Rating: 9 out of 10