The Grand Budapest Hotel is the spectacular creation of Wes Anderson. The story explores the lives of the employees and guests of a glorious hotel in the fictional state of Zubrowka. The meticulous concierge Monsieur Gustave runs the hotel like clockwork, tending to the guests' needs with extreme dedication. That is, until one of the guests dies and he is framed for her murder.
Wes Anderson is a master of creating unique cinematic experiences that are always incredibly precise. Many of his films incorporate stop-frame animations with wonderful model work to create a marvellous dreamlike backdrop. The visual experience is a major part of his work. As much a factor as the story and the incredible characters that he dreams up. This is his best example yet. Soaked in rich colours, with perfectly blended animation and the whole thing is shot in multiple aspect ratios.
The style of comedy is clearly influenced by the incredibly choreographed, early slapstick comedies. Anderson's precision really works with this technique, mixed with amazing camera work and perfect timing. The icing on the cake is the music from Alexandre Desplat, who won multiple awards for his brilliant contribution.
One of the big strengths for Wes Anderson is everyone wants to be associated with his work. It seems that all of the best actors around are queuing up to work with him. With this film, we are treated to an unbelievable list. Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum (The World According To Jeff Goldblum), Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Amalric and F. Murray Abraham – to name a few. But just like his character (M.Gustave) Ralph Fiennes is outstanding, both in his comedic timing and delivery of the relentless script.
This film is an artistic masterpiece. The best example as yet from a Director gifted with supreme skills. It was nominated for a staggering 219 awards, winning 131 in total. On top of that, it is incredibly funny. If you are looking for something unique to watch, that is entertaining in so many ways you must watch The Grand Budapest Hotel.