There are very few movies out there that make a resounding impact within you. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is one of them.
(Now, I may be roughly a year late, but nevertheless).
I think it suffices to say that I lack an immense amount of movie knowledge to be able to write a review about this film. But since I loved it and thought that people need to know about it, here we go:
Directed by Wes Anderson, of The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited fame, TGBH is inspired by the works of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, and belongs to the ‘comedy’ genre. The visual work in the movie is simply marvellous. For instance, in the wide shots of the entire hotel (which is set upon a summit), a handmade miniature model was used, so as to offer an ‘old school’ appeal. The entire movie is so rich in colours, that it almost feels like you’re watching the scenes unfold before your very eyes.
As far as the mis-en-scene (set, costumes, makeup, and all that rah-rah) goes, the Oscars for Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup and Hair speak for itself.
The cast is an easily recognizable and exciting one (they even won an oscar for Best Ensemble Cast). Leading the pack are Ralph Fiennes and Jude Law, followed by Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzmann, and Bill Murray. Other principal characters include Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan.
The basic plot of the film revolves around Gustave H, the legendary concierge at The Grand Budapest Hotel, and his trusted Lobby Boy Zero Moustafa. The story itself is narrated by Zero, and takes the audience through the frenzied yet fascinating adventures of himself and Monsieur Gustave, through the will of a rich old lady, the robbery of a priceless Renaissance painting, and even emerging war. Full marks to Wes Anderson for giving birth to such amazing characters, and for picking out actors that give true feel to every moment in the film.
I would recommend every movie-lover out there to watch this film, for it is a visual treat for the eyes. It pleases both the mind and heart, and if anyone wants to watch the same film with me over and over again, I’ll be there.
10/10 for everything.