Ah, Wes Anderson. It’s easy to see why the director/writer has such as cult following – his movies are heartfelt and humor-filled, with wonderful characterization, all set atop dazzling visuals that seem way grander than Anderson’s independent budgets. His latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is no exception.
The rated-R flick tells the story of Zero, a former lobby boy-turned-owner of The Grand Budapest Hotel, in a fictional snowy mountain town in Europe. As a lobby boy, his boss, Gustave, played with much humor by Ralph Fiennes, is framed for the murder of one of his beloved clients, Madame D (played by Tilda Swinton in amazing makeup that ages her 20 years.) Zero and Gustave go on wild adventures as Madame D’s horrendous family tries to re-capture the valuable painting she willed to Gustave.
There are several things that make this a great film. The first obvious one is the stunning visuals. The settings, colors, costumes and integrated animation are all really beautiful and whimsical. There are so many intricate details that really make an artistic masterpiece on screen.
The next is the amazing characterization. Each one is strong and memorable. By far, my favorites were Dmitri and J.G. Jopling, Madame D’s evil sons. They’re played by Adrien Brody, who is delightfully devilish in an extreme black get-up, and Willem Dafoe, a motorcycle-riding murderer who is almost adorable in his mannerisms – seriously. They’re both hysterical characters despite how insidious they are.
And, like all Anderson movies, it’s fun to watch because you never know which famous actor is going to turn up next. Owen Wilson, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray and more have cameos. The star-studded cast is just yet another way The Grand Budapest Hotel keeps viewers captivated.
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