Wes Anderson has done it again with the star-studded film about a hotel manager who ,beloved by all, is suddenly a suspect in a murder. Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson help make up the wonderful ensemble that is The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The storytelling is remarkably achieved through the use of color, reintroducing the art form of scenic painting and fun sets. In true Wes Anderson fashion, his use of color palettes work in tandem with the majestic sets. His use of royal and rich tones to depict the hotel in its prime was so detail-oriented, from the curtains to the well-placed paintings. The majority of the outdoor sets were live-action or model sets, but two of them were actually painted on canvas. It was such an unexpected detail that added to entire nostalgic theme.
This film felt like an old story your grandfather would tell you, one that’s full of mystique and exciting twists and turns. With well written, hilarious and rich characters, this film works on all levels. Ralph Fiennes departures from his usual villainous role to become M. Gustav, the vivacious hotel concierge that takes the new lobby boy under his wing. Tilda Swinton plays a tawdry old woman whom Gustav has relations with while Edward Norton is a stanch police officer. The cast as a whole plays so well off of each other, but as that is Anderson’s strong point in every movie, it comes as no surprise. There was no weak link in this films chain. It is as superb and charming as M. Gustav himself.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is by far my favorite Wes Anderson film but if you’re unfamiliar with his other films, here are my other top three picks. Please see The Grand Budapest Hotel and these other films as well:
- Moonrise Kingdom
- The Royal Tenenbaums
- The Fantastic Mr. Fox