Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson

An author (Law) recounts the tale of meeting Zero Moustafa (Abraham), the current owner of the Grand Budapest Hotel, a now rundown mountainside hotel. Over dinner, Zero explains how he first came to the hotel in it's heyday, when as a youth (Revolori) he began work as the lobby boy under the tutelage of concierge Gustave (Fiennes).

Adventure-ridden, thrill ride is a treat for young and old alike. Anderson has finally struck gold with this mesmerising piece that should be listed as one of the most original films of the next generation, and will hopefully go down as one of the greatest films of all time. Anderson's wit and uniqueness is not only shown in his dialogue spurted greater than any Shakespeare adaptation, but the wonderful sense of imagination the visuals have would outsmart the best directors of the silent era.

Winner of of 4 Academy Awards for Best Costume, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score and Production Design, a standing ovation to composer Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech), cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman (Bridesmaids), editor Barney Pilling (An Education), production designer Adam Stockhausen (12 Years a Slave) and legendary costume designer Milena Canonero (A Clockwork Orange, Marie Antoinette), all of whom have worked for Anderson previously.

The cast itself is wonderful, also full of Anderson favourites such as Norton (who's almost in career best form alongside his role in Birdman), Murray and Keitel. Anderson's favourite, Schwartzman, has an amusing role as the current concierge of the hotel. A must see. More to that, if you don't see it you'll have me to deal with.


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