It’s not often you stumble upon a film that’s not only brilliant in terms of aesthetics, narrative and character development, but that’s also just a whole damn lot of fun! The Grand Budapest Hotel is this kind of film.
Wes Anderson, his crew, and familiar tight-knit cast, have produced an immaculate film that will be remembered for years to come. I appreciated that each frame in this film has magnificent composition, but does not seem as staged and superficial as is the essence I’m used to encountering in a shot from a Wes Anderson film.
The way light changes and the camera moves, it feels almost as if you’re watching a stage play. It’s a beautiful element that adds a new dimension to an already very surreal environment.
Narrative-wise, TGBH is a character-driven story, spearheaded by Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and Zero (Tony Revolori) as they adventure across the fictional Republic of Zubrowka.
The film feels like you’re inside a book. A fairy tale, or maybe a tragedy….Watch this on date night, with some friends, or go on a crazy adventure all on your own.
You can find the less-spoilerish trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel below (I find the official 1st trailer full of spoilers, which you should rather avoid so that you can enjoy the full movie as the plot unfolds bit by bit).
Favourite Part: Let’s just say there are some crazy punches involved…
About the Author: Stephen is a filmmaker and critic who’s also co-founder of BTG Lifestyle. Marketing gentleman by day, film slut the rest of the time. Follow him on Twitter @thesnagel