The Grand Budapest – Review

The Grand Budapest Review

Disclaimer: My opinion (fact) may be biased. Wes Anderson is one of the most original and artistically creative minds working in cinema. Mr. Anderson has never made a bad film. So if you are not a Wes Anderson fan (read as: not an appreciator of film), then you may just want to skip this review (read as: stick to Michael Bay “movies”).gbh1

Wes Anderson’s latest gem, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a colorfully dark, whimsical delight. The story follows the adventures of the hotel’s concierge, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), and the lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori). Zero becomes Gustave’s most trusted friend and is involved in every one of his escapades. All revolving around the theft of a priceless renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune, throw in multiple copies of the will, and an odd-ball group of characters (played by Anderson’s usual ensemble) and the one of a kind Andersonian hijinks (5)

The hijinks include one of the greatest farcical prison escapes – reminiscent of Peter Sellers era comedy. Wes Anderson is a cinematic genius. His work with long-time collaborator Robert Yeoman (cinematographer/director of photography) is so finely tuned it seems as if they are viewing each scene with the same eyes. Alexandre Desplat returns for a very fitting score, and Anderson’s signature animation gives a unique beauty to several scenes throughout the film.gbh2

This picture, just as any of his films, shows that he is a master of his craft. I would highly recommend this film to any fan… and to those that are unfamiliar start here or anywhere in his collection, just discover the wonder that exists in his vividly original worlds. For those opposed: refer back to the top.  I grade Grand a solid A!

Dan Glennon

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