The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)


The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

After seeing a good portion of Wes Anderson‘s work in the last few weeks I was excited to finally catch The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), with just the trailer to keep the anticipation cranked up. Knowing the basic plot I was ready to enter into the Anderson’s world once more.

Visually this film is the most dense for detail, nothing is left to go amiss here. It’s the chosen world of a fictional pre-war Europe that has brought out the keen eye in the production department. Far more so than before in any of Anderson’s film’s, as if he has been building up to this somehow. In this world of artifice, far stronger than the lighter Moonrise Kingdom (2012).

With a new face in the lead for the director, turning to Ralph Fiennes who I have never seen do anything funny, is b***** brilliant, with so much to say as the concierge M. Gustave at the hotel. A man so confident in himself, his sexuality he just does as he pleases, with dignity and poise. Not many actors could pull off this role. Accompanied by newcomer Tony Revolori as bell-boy in training Zero who we meet again in the form of charismatic F. Murray Abraham (we just don’t know it yet.

The plot is a mad-cap caper that just keeps revealing with characters who all have their quirks. Looking at‘s Jopling who eats up the scenery as he causes havoc, even from the first scene he appears, we know troubles afoot, just where and when. It’s incredible fun to watch as they we see the greatest concierge fall from grace, having to prove his innocence, whilst keep his dignity. There’s a lot at stake for a lot of people.

The cast is packed full of everyone you can even think off, even some you have forgotten about coming back for just a scene or two. Reminding me of the big-budget classics that had everyone but the kitchen sink, this time on a smaller budget that creates a vast world that has no sign of ending. The impact of war looms, even bearing it’s face in a different guise, nothing is left to chance here.

It’s as if Anderson is entering a new era of work, richer worlds for the audience to enjoy. The tone of the film is far looser than Moonrise with more to play for too. Even playing with the ratio of the film fro reference classic Hollywood films that depicted these grand far-off places that swept audiences away. I want to see where he goes next. He says he doesn’t know, personally I think he’s being coy.

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6 responses

  1. Good review Tim. Definitely Anderson’s most ambitious he’s ever made, as well as one of his most fun and exciting. Not his best, but still pretty damn good.

    March 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    • Cheers Dan, I wouldn’t say it’s not his best, if different for sure, a new direction maybe. It was slow to begin with where it may have fallen down. A part from that I really enjoyed the caper.

      March 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  2. Can’t wait to see this! Nice post 🙂

    March 18, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    • Thanks Cindy!

      March 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

  3. Quirky .. but funny. This film did not succeed with me and I believe it will slide away into oblivion. Disappointing because of such a stellar cast and the promise from his earlier “Moonrise Kingdom”.
    Will see what he comes up with next.

    October 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    • it certainly isn’t the same tone I admit, its more of a classic caper in the Anderson world which works for me.

      October 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm

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