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The Grand Budapest Hotel might be Wes Anderson's best film yet. Not only is it a shining example of his signature style, but it also happens to be an action-packed adventure that engages you from start to finish with its entertaining story-within-a-story premise. One part murder mystery and one part heist film, The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson's typical formula operating at peak efficiency. Its narrative is briskly paced, its dialogue is snappy, its characters are zany yet charming, its art direction is superb, its performances are memorable, and its cinematography is breathtaking. If you’re a fan of Wes Anderson you’ll love it, however even if you aren’t usually into his films (like me) prepare to be surprised by how much you’ll enjoy it.
This is my first Wes Anderson film. I had seen glimpses of his directing style before, and passed it off as silly. Watching Grand Budapest has really made me appreciate how much he considers filmmaking to be a real art, however. The symmetry by which he frames his scenes just seems to perfectly fit the deadpan performances from a great array of actors. I need to watch this again and soak in it some more.
Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave was amazing. One of my favorite characters this year. Well written, well acted. He is a great, polite and charming contrast to the just-outside-of-reality world slipping into war all around him.
A great film! I need to have me a Wes Anderson marathon soon and see what I've missed.
Wonderfully entertaining art
I missed this one in the theaters (though I think it might be coming back since it's nominated for the Academy Awards .. rightly so). I absolutely love the artistic style of the film and it's one of those movies that you need to watch a few times to really capture all the little details that make it such a joy to watch. I loved how the scenes in their artistic whimsicality were edited together. The plot is hilarious without being too silly. The cast is amazing and the overall tone and pacing and just the way the story is told all come together to form a true work of art.
|Ralph Fiennes||M. Gustave|
|F. Murray Abraham||Mr. Moustafa|
|Mathieu Amalric||Serge X.|
|Jeff Goldblum||Deputy Kovacs|
|Jude Law||Young Writer|
|Bill Murray||M. Ivan|
|Jason Schwartzman||M. Jean|
|Tilda Swinton||Madame D.|
|Owen Wilson||M. Chuck|
In 1920s Europe, a famed hotel concierge by the name of Gustave H. is bequeathed a painting called Boy With Apple after his one night stand, Madame D, is killed. Madame D's son, Dmitri, vows revenge on Gustave by framing him for Madame D's murder. Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy, and his love interest, Agatha, help Gustave hide Boy with Apple from Dmitri and the authorities. Also, Bill Murray's character, M. Ivan, is the manager of Grand Budapest's rival hotel, Excelsior Palace.
theatrical : 2014-07-25 : India
Theatrical : 2014-03-07 : United States of America