The Grand Budapest Hotel is quite simply a masterpiece. It excels in story, acting, humour and cinematography, making it a marvel worth watching. Wes Anderson has quite clearly made his own genre with this film and it is exceptional.
The story is quite convoluted and will be ruined if I explain it in depth, but on the crux it is a murder mystery. A hilarious stylised parody of an old P.D. James story is possibly the best way to put this film. Wes Anderson’s style has never been so intense as it is in The Grand Budapest Hotel, his visual humour, his charismatic settings and his incredibly unique dialogue make him an extremely outstanding director. The story is told within a story within a story within a story, a sort of literature inception, a subtle masterful thing to pull off. The setting is one of the main draws of this film, it is utterly stunning, the visual splendour is nothing short of amazing, the way that Anderson seemingly blends both cinematic film and stop motion cinema in a very fluid manner is extremely rewarding. The vivid colours stand out so much that it is more a work of art than it is a film, it’s an environment that doesn’t look at all realistic, and it’s not supposed to be, as that is the brilliance about this film, Anderson has created a reality away from reality with The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The characters of this story are every bit unique and exceptional, from the quirky, creepy (In a good way), hilarious character of Gustave H., played by the remarkably talented Ralph Fiennes, a flamboyantly cynical, yet impeccably charismatic lead figure that represents the stylised imagination of Anderson as a whole. Gustave H. is the main attraction to this film, but that is not to say that he is the only character worth watching, every single character on screen is nothing short of incredible, from the quiet, motivated, loyal lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) to the merciless, intimidating and animalistic character of Jopling (Willem Dafoe), a hired thug. Normally a story of a film is written to accentuate the main plot of the characters rather than the characters themselves. Anderson has completely disregarded this normality and has made the storyline incredible simple, in fact he tells the audience exactly what has happened within the first half an hour, but it’s the characters, the unique personalities that make this movie what it is.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is an instant cult classic, for fans of Wes Anderson centric films, this is a must see. It will take you on an adventure, a funny, smart and incredibly witty adventure that will make you have a high bench mark for Anderson films to come.
I give this film a 10/10