This film was such an enjoyable, uplifting and wonderful screening, I don’t think there is anything I can say to besmirch it. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) has a wonderful story tying together all the unforgettable cameos of actors we have grown to love and appreciate. As you can tell, I am indeed a fan of a strong, very academic construction of a story and this film never falls short. The relationship between the young protagonist (Zero) and his idol of a friend (Gustave H.), is a friendship that one may come across in a literary novel of the 1030’s. Actually the entire film is shot, in some ways, like a silent film, tying it stylistically to the period is was set in. Director Wes Anderson never seems to fail. Honestly, I have only heard of his reputation and this is my 1st screening of his films, and I must say, I will be screening more. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is not a comedy, nor a drama, but a happy middle, and for an evening of light intellect yet something substantial, it is the one for you.
From a stylistic point of view, each frame was composed in utter symmetry. I liked this. There was an ease to it, not attempting to push much for this symmetry to occur, but rather as if the natural environment were to be that way. Everything seemed to revolve around the archetype of a square. This gave the environment a very static appeal and much like a recollection than reality. The colour palette was lush and antiqued. Dusty reds and pinks complimented oak and mahogany wood tones, giving the impression of someone peaking into an old cupboard of your great grandmothers clothes, that had not been touched for years. The more I think about it, the more I realize that the stylistic aspects of the film reinforced the cosiness of the story. A very subtle and brilliant tool.
It is hard to say which character I enjoyed the most. This film was littered with brilliant performances where each were better because of the other. Ralph Fiennes (as Gustave H) did a phenomenal job. He was charismatic, quirky and pleasant, all the characteristics of a good leading man. Young Zero’s (Tony Revolori) character complimented the chatty Gustave very well, making them a memorable Duo. Overall, the scripting was the drive of the film and the witty banter and flowery language kept the viewer engaged the entire time. This film resonates as an intellectual film without even knowing it.
I will give this film 4 out of 5 stars. There are not many like this one. The only other I can recall is “The Brothers Bloom” (2008) that also casted Adrian Brody. If you have only seen one of these please give the other a shot. I think this film is appropriate for all audiences. The somewhat foul language at times is masked neatly with flowery language and there are no inappropriate scenes. I think you should give this one a shot!