Finally, director of worldwide recognition and crazy talents, Wes Anderson has returned to Hollywood but his comeback isn`t a meager one but one of the most fascinating and one of the most opulent ones ever! After the success of his previous movie, Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson was determined to devise and construct a movie better than his previous one and successfully, his plan worked out, and unfolded the 4-times Academy Award winning movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Here`s what we surmise about the latest project of Anderson with a few details!
In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave's friend and protégé. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, including satisfying the emotional needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave's lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder and is mangled on a jocularly befuddling adventure that somehow involves wars to prisons to cupcakes to laugh-out loud fight scenes!
The Good: This film not only consists of an extremely talented cast that includes notably, Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody with Willem Dafoe and few others that is also a paramount reason for the box office success that blew up movies that `meagerly’ participated with this Wes Anderson project!
What triggered me and in case, most of the audiences, was the ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional idealisms that had tantalized the audience to be lured into the comical scenes of the movie. Well, maybe it is rodomontade of style but I have to confess, it is deceptively thoughtful!
Furthermore, the complication of the scenarios by using flashbacks inside a flashback entering another flashback, viz, the reader reading the writings of the old author who writes about his experience with Zerou Moustafa who with a flawless knowledge of imagery, describes the young author a nostalgic previous events that had included a lot of flashbacks inside it! Although it looks startling, these riddling situations are divided into a lot of acts (my favorite one being “The Society of Crossed Keys”) and even if it will make some few viewers dumbfounded, nonetheless they will dote on their understanding of whatever happened in this biopic movie (an example being my best friend, Sam himself!) The plot, yes it is overdressed but this is what makes the movie more interesting! But if you watch it, you`ll see the plot is actually a galvanizing one! One more extra thing that makes the movie more pleasing is the wonderful performance from Willem Dafoe (who you might recognize as Norman Osborn in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy) as J.G Jopling! He is the only actor who, from my perspective, has come to the definition of “omega-level coolness” in this movie. So Willem Dafoe, you can join the `cool’ guys, Clint Eastwood and Bruce Campbell!
The Bad: Although, I can`t mention much as I have about the positives of the movie because of its apparent sublime atmosphere, there is at least one flaw that have (even if really really tiny!) some flaws. As a Bangladeshi with an intellect like the average kid and being obsessed with the nauseating accent of ours, there are some scenes that have pep talk going on so fast, that I had to rewind those scenes from scratch and that`s what makes it enigmatical.
The Final Statement: Crafted with style and technique, this enigmatically puzzling `epic’ boasts not only on it`s purely talented cast but also takes pride on its ornate visual environments and good entertainment! So is it worth your time? The answer is a definite yes!