Monday, June 16, 2014

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest movie by the amazing Wes Anderson. Wes is probably on the top of my favorite filmmakers. I fell in love with his work ever since I watched The Royal Tenenbaums many years ago. If you are familiar with his work, you probably know his unique, quirky visual style, which I love, because each shot of his is a work of art.

Just like The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel is set in a fictional world where M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), a very well composed concierge, is falsely accused of a murder he didn’t commit. He teams up with Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori) his trusted lobby boy to prove his innocence. That’s all I’ll say for the plot, so I won’t ruin the fun for you when you watch it this weekend.

The story is amazingly constructed, the characters as expected from a Wes movie are beautifully designed with unique crafted depth. Actually, Wes inspired this story from the writings of Austrian author Stefan Zweig.

It was interesting that the movie’s frame was almost a square (1.37 : 1 Ratio), as most films are wide screen. The square frame worked amazingly with his symmetrical composed shots, where you can see the elements in the right side of the shot are mirrored on the left side! As expected from a Wes’ world, this one is no different. It is filled with vibrant colors and beautifully designed sets.

Alexandre Desplat who’s known for creating master incidental music, composed the score for this film, as well as Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox. The music is inspired by the Russian folklore with Alexandre own unique twist, which added to the nice mix of this movie.

The perfectly crafted worlds of Wes Anderson never fail to amaze me, capture my attention, and leave me speechless.

Although the story of The Grand Budapest Hotel might not be the most original out there, but the way it was narrated and visualized will never let a viewer down.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a piece of art that should be enjoyed on a relaxing quite evening along side a treat of your choice, mine was ice cream!

This movie should make the top of your to watch list, don’t miss it! It’s a visual masterpiece.

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