Wes Anderson's unique and wonderful style at its best.
Wes Anderson is in many ways one of America's best modern filmmakers. He knows how to make a movie that is completely absurd and pull it off. When you think about it, that's not an easy task. However, with The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mr. Anderson proves that he knows what he is doing. The Grand Budapest hotel is an incredibly different but brilliant film. Once Budapest Hotel gets you familiar with it's characters, you know you're going to love them. They story revolves around a man by the name of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and his lobby boy Zero (Anthony Quinonez) at The Grand Budapest Hotel. Honestly, I don't want to give too much away about this movie so that's all I really feel I need to share about the story. Do know however, that is a great tale and Ralph Fiennes nails his role as M. Gustave and newcomer Anthony Quinonez is just as enjoyable. Of course, Anderson has his usual cast that make brief appearances such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman. Plus other notable performances are made by Saoirse Ronan, Edward Nordon, and Jude Law. As great as the as story and acting may be, the star of the show here is the style and world Anderson creates. Throughout the film, Anderson centers a lot of his shots. This is considered Anderson's most signature thing he does in his films. He also has a lot of great pans and even some zooms. On paper, this does not sound too great. However like Anderson has always been able to do, he makes it work. Another notable thing about his style is just the simple details throughout the film. The sets created for the film are stellar and it is clear much thoughtful detail was put into everything in this movie. In terms of presentation, I was blown away. The Grand Budapest does have an R rating so parents, watch out for this. The main thing to be concerned about is the strong language and edgy humor. There is language throughout the movie but it never felt excessive. There is also very brief but very suggestive moments of sexuality. However, it is so quick, you could possibly miss it in a blink. The only other concern would be its slapstick but sometimes disturbing violence. In one sequence a man's fingers are cut off by a slamming door. However, it does not feel graphic. Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a great film that makes me realize that movies still have to power to deliver something fresh.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness