I have never seen a film quite like this. Wes Anderson’s brilliant and goddamn beautiful ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ pulled everyone in the screen into a state of hypnosis with his breathtakingly bright colour palette and some simple, but superb little perfections such as the stitching of the word ‘Lobby Boy’ on Zero’s hat. Wes Anderson takes us on a time warp of a story which follows M.Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) who is a legendary concierge at the most glamorous and best hotel in Europe. He is then thrown into turmoil as one of his close friends is murdered and then has the blame pointed on him. We follow him on his escapade as he tries to prove his innocence.
Wes Anderson admitted that he wrote the character specifically for Ralph Fiennes, and you can understand why. His character is an asshole. But, we love him! The best way to put it is to call him the nicest arrogant asshole. But, Ralph Fiennes is a master class and brings something to the character that no other person could of. He is able to bring to life a quite ordinary character and make him a very interesting one at that. Not only is Ralph Fiennes good, but the whole cast chip in too! I would list the whole cast, but I don’t have all day! It’s a very large one at that, that’s all I’ll say! But, if there was to be another to point out, it would be Adrien Brody!
Wes Anderson has made some fantastic films in the past and has a very impressive filmography, but ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ flies straight to the top of his films and is by far the strongest, funniest and the biggest barrel of fun! His direction is in the highest order and displays some beautiful scenes. Wes Anderson has made sure that not just only the characters are a joy to watch, but everything in the background is worth watching. Every single person and item has its purpose and you can tell that this is Wes Andersons portrait of a masterpiece, and this is his.
Created and groomed with a toothpick and a tiny hair comb, this film has been made to absolute perfection. I would even eat my dinner of this film! An absolute joy to watch and one I won’t forget in a hurry! I’m already packing my bags to stay at ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. A must watch, and my favourite film of the year so far! 4.5 out of 5 stars.