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The Grand Budapest Hotel


The Grand Budapest Hotel 1The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Directed by Wes Anderson

Based on the writings of Stefan Zweig

Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness

Screenplay by Wes Anderson

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori

After his aging benefactor (Swinton) is murdered, Gustave H (Fiennes) and his Lobby Boy, Zero (Revolori) embark on a series of adventures. Their adventures are centered on a massive inheritance, a priceless painting, and the upheaval of war.

The Grand Budapest Hotel 3The strange vision of Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) came together in this film that he wrote and directed. The story is based on the writings of Stefan Zweig (Letter from an Unknown Woman), an Austrian novelist, playwright, and journalist who died in 1942. The story was created by Anderson with Hugo Guinness (The Royal Tenenbaums).

The Grand Budapest Hotel 11The cast for this film has so many great actors. (Seriously, there are a ton.) Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List) and Tony Revolori (Umrika) leads the way in this one. The movie also star F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), Jude Law (Gattaca), Mathieu Amalric (Munich), Adrien Brody (Midnight in Paris), and Willem Dafoe (Platoon). Also featured are Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Harvey Keitel (Pulp Fiction), Bill Murray (St. Vincent), Edward Norton (The Score), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Jason Schwartzman (Big Eyes), Tom Wilkinson (Selma), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), and Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). (See, I told you there were a ton.)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 8Like everything that Wes Anderson does, this is a strange and exotic adventure filled with twists and turns. The writing does an excellent job telling the story with unique narrative told over the visuals. Like most of his movies, the story makes the most of the unexpected and the inappropriate. This makes for a fun and unique story that just has fun. It’s the kind of movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously on the surface, but actually tells a great tale. My favorite aspect of this one is the dialogue. Nothing seems improvised, and every word adds to the feel of the movie. This includes the action, which feels deliberate and scripted throughout. Thankfully this doesn’t make the movie feel tightly wound. On the contrary, the story has plenty of room to allow the actors to bring out the great aspects of their characters.

The Grand Budapest Hotel 10As I mentioned above, the story is a great basis for the actors to work with. Every single character seems to have their own unique design. I’m sure that this comes from both Anderson and the actors playing the parts. As the center figures of the film, Fiennes and Revolori are wonderful. Not only do they both do a great job with their roles, but they also have great chemistry with one another. Their unique relationship really provides a great basis for the film. The fun doesn’t stop there. Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, and Edward Norton all have really great roles in this one. The unique nature of their characters all come out in wonderful scenes throughout the film.

The Grand Budapest Hotel 9With so many great actors, it’s hard to imagine all of them standing out so much. Thankfully the writing provides opportunities for everyone to have their moment in this one. Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Léa Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, Owen Wilson, Jude Law, and F. Murray Abraham all add something special to this one. If I seem like I’m skimming over the many stars (which I am), it’s because there are so many great moments that mentioning them all would ruin the movie. Just keep in mind that Anderson knows how to use talent to make his films better. This is no exception.

Tony RevoloriThe movie is a visual masterpiece. The success begins the wonderful use of color, set design, and costuming. The camera work is equally great. Cinematographer Robert Yeoman (Rushmore) does a wonderful job finding the right way to capture the story. In addition, the film uses differing aspect ratios to set apart the concurrent eras being portrayed. I thought this might become distracting, but it’s actually very nicely done. Composer Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game) adds his unique sound to this one with a wonderful score. Overall, the movie is executed wonderfully from every aspect.

The Grand Budapest Hotel 4If you’re a fan of Wes Anderson and you haven’t seen this movie, how dare you!? I would definitely recommend this to fans of his, or any of the stars in the movie. I would also suggest this to fans of unique comedies. The movie is visually unique, wonderfully written, and well-acted. I give this one 4.9 out of 5 stars.

Rating: R

Running Time: 100 Minutes

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17 Comments on “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

  1. Dan O. January 19, 2015 at 9:36 AM #

    A lovely, very exciting piece from Anderson. However, when it was all over, I seemed to kind of forget about it. Good review.

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    • jeffro517 January 19, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

      I’ll have to see how I feel in a few days. It didn’t feel like a forgettable film to me. Thanks for pointing that out though, now I’m curious how I’ll feel later.

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  2. Nostra January 23, 2015 at 4:26 AM #

    I wasn’t a fan of Anderson, but his last couple of movies I really loved. This one is his best though and saw it twice in the cinema. So beautifully framed!

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    • jeffro517 January 23, 2015 at 8:46 AM #

      I don’t love all of his work, but like you, I loved this one.

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