The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Written by: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, based on the writings of Austrian author Stefan Zweig.
Starring: (deep breath) Ralph Fiennes, F Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Leya Seydoux, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Almaric, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel… and many more!
The Plot: Resourceful hotel concierge M. Gustave is framed for the murder of one of his guests, and enlists the help of lobby boy Zero to help clear his name.
The Good: Three great things about this film: 1. the cast 2.the cast and 3, the cast! Anderson always attracts great talent for his films but here, it’s Ralph Fiennes that really stands out as the enigmatic lead, M. Gustave. He gives a comic turn in this film unlike any this reviewer has seen before and would love for him to make more comedy films or indeed more comedic roles.
The Bad: This film can be enjoyed on a number of levels, however this may not be so easily accessible for newcomers to Anderson as it is very idiosyncratic. If you’re fond of those “portmanteau” films of old then chances are, you’ll enjoy this.
Verdict: 4/5 superb! However, it’s Anderson’s most Anderson-esque film to date.
Watch out for: The stellar cast! Anderson always attracts an all-star cast for his films, and there are some repeat offenders (Bill Murray appears in a cameo, among others) but overall, the cast are a joy to watch! There are also several frame changes, another Anderson-esque touch.