The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The latest film by Wes Anderson is a delightful assault on the senses; vivid glows and stylistic flair vie for attention with witty dialogue and great performances in a conspiracy to create a film that looks as if it was as enjoyable to make as it is to watch. Fans and devotees of Anderson’s work will lap this one up whilst new converts get the chance to see what all the fuss is about with validation as to why he is such a revered director.
An all star cast led by Ralph Fiennes, who appears to be having the time of his life as the ridiculously camped up Gustave H, includes Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton and newcomer Tony Revolori as hotel lobby boy who during the course of the film becomes sidekick , companion and protégé to Gustave and his intricate lifestyle. The strength of each performance comes from the fact that each actor seems to be attempting to outdo each other continually in every scene and whilst under the auspices of any other director such a tact would diminish the end result in Anderson’s case it all seems to hang together perfectly.
The reason for this is that the film adopts the feel of a stage play unfolding in three separate acts. Thus we have a prologue setting up the scene followed by intrigue, an elaborate prison escape then culminating in a ski chase of hilarious proportions and a shootout in a hotel lobby that feels as if it has stolen in from a Bond film. Somehow despite these very different reference points it all works and there is always a distinct sense of politesse in deference to the customs and manners of old Europe.
As for the plot narrative let’s just say that it is typical Wes Anderson. To try and elaborate and explain would be defeatist and futile and would only serve to spoil the enjoyment anyway. The best thing to say would be to expect the unexpected and enjoy the ride.
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is therefore a film that you submit willingly to. Trying to resist its charms would be futile and it is a worthwhile, entertaining piece of cinema which at the same time is a visual feast which creates a warm vivid glow around the viewer as it draws them into the weird and wonderful world of its creator. One to enjoy!

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