||Title: The Grand Budapest Hotel
|Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance
|| Year: 2014
|| Country: USA, Germany, UK
||Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe
|| Director: Wes Anderson
My Review: The Grand Budapest Motel - 2014 (Adventure, comedy, crime) It’s a grand adventure of a movie. A downhill slalom without so much as a single breath. Wes Anderson movies are ‘quirky’, the quirkier the better (in my opinion), and this one’s outstanding in that regard. The visuals are simply astonishing. The movie feels as if it were filmed on a giant indoor diorama, replete with cotton snow and painted miniature soldiers. The cast (Ralph Fiennes (as M. Gustave), Tony Revolori (as Zero), Willem Dafoe (as Jopling), Tilda Swinton (as Madame D.), Harvey Keitel (as Ludwig), and many more - far to numerous to name here) is true to the Anderson motif, acting in character as if the movie were a Richard Scary illustrated novel with dialog bubbles appearing over each character in turn. The performances are brilliant, committed, precise and rich with charisma, charm and panache. The cinematography is excellent. I really enjoyed the camera work with all its various angles, aspect ratios and tight closeups. The hijinks, mystery, romance and quick paced pithy wit left me smiling throughout. I liked it so much I bought a copy. 5 out of 5.
Summary: GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.