Thursday, 19 June 2014

Movie review - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) / comedy

Directed and Screenplay by Wes Anderson
Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven M. Rales and Scott Rudin
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson
Trailer: click.

A detective comedy like no other!

We first meet an aged writer (Tom Wilkinson) recalling his younger self (Jude Law) meeting with the important, former lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham). In another flashback of Zero's youth we find him working in the hotel under the outstanding concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) and his story about priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. It may sound complicated but when you see it, it's really not.

Firstly. If you expect some kind of ordinary comedy, this is not it. The type of comedy in this film is either very subtle or incredibly over the top but I guess most viewers don't understand it or are uncomfortable with both. The movie is surrealistic, quirky, out-of-this world, colorful, absurd yet charming and exciting to watch. Visually and structurally extremely well crafted with stunning attention to detail, excellent cast, stylish in every way, beautifully costumed and filmed.  Plot is unpredictable, dialogue is cleverly constructed and energy is strong. Film is definitelly a stand-out, artistic, original and unique (some might even say strange). Call it whatever you like, it's an amazing adventure for sure! 4/5

1 comment:

  1. From every angle, The Grand Budapest Hotel delivers so much to love, laugh along with, and lean forward for a better look at.

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