The imaginative and articulate Wes Anderson’s new masterpiece, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is perfectly and purely Anderson in every way: the color palette, location, costumes and extreme attention detail. A very hyped movie plus a cute date make for viewing pleasure. Only makes sense.
Set mostly in the 1930’s, The Grand Budapest Hotel is located in a fictional city that feels like Prague or Vienna. The concierge of this five star hotel, Gustave, is played by the clever Ralph Fiennes. His taste for very old, rich, white, blonde women is extreme and shows in the opening scenes. Suddenly, one of his rich “clients” mysteriously dies leaving her inheritance up for grabs. And oddly, to her greedy family, she leaves Gustave a particular piece of her fortune. The jealousy and pure dumbfoundedness of her children lead them to wrongfully accuse Gustave of her death.
The movie turns into a fast-paced murder caper. While Gustave is in jail, Gustave’s trusty Lobby Boy, played by the fresh Tony Rolvolori, breaks him out. Through a series of classic cameos by Billy Murray, Jude Law, Socialite Waris Ahlwuhalia, Léa Seydoux, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and others; Gustave calls in a favor to get him across the country back to the hotel.
Through camera angles, symmetry, colors, memorable and endearing characters, Wes Anderson stays winning. Experience the Grand Budapest Hotel for yourself.
Two thumbs up.
Over the weekend I got the chance to catch a great new film directed by Wes Anderson called Moonrise Kingdom. The film is based in 1965 and is about a young boy and girl who fall in love and decide to run away together. Throwing parents and scout leaders into panic, an irregular search party is sent out to find the couple. With an all-star cast list including Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton you can just anticipate greatness to happen. In typical Wes Anderson fashion, the cast wardrobe is amazing. Every detail on each character is on point. The coolest details are the patches on all the scouts’ gear. They are randomly highlighted throughout the film.
Overall, I definitely recommend going to see this movie. It hits every genre to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.