Friday, March 21, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

On Wednesday night, I finally went to see The Grand Budapest Hotel, and it was everything I could have hoped for in a Wes Anderson film and more.

As with other Wes Anderson films, this film had a beautifully-written script and captivating visuals. The story manages to be funny, whimsical, tense and lonely all at the same time. The characters have so much depth, no matter how briefly they appear on screen, and are perfectly suited to the actors portraying them. The visuals transport you completely, with every shot feeling perfectly deliberate and filled with detail. Some people criticised The Grand Budapest Hotel for being "too Wes Anderson," but that just doesn't make sense to me - the complete Wes Anderson-ness of the film is what makes it so magical. 

Ralph Fiennes is brilliant in this film. His character, M. Gustave, is so charming, so politely British, and is so good at swearing very elegantly and to great effect.  Ralph Fiennes is hilarious in this role.

I also loved Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe - they suited their characters perfectly, and Edward Norton's character was reminiscent of his Scout Master Ward in Moonrise Kingdom.

Have you seen The Grand Budapest Hotel? Did you love it as much as I did? If you haven't seen it yet, I highly and wholeheartedly recommend it!

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