Director Wes Anderson has, simply put, made his masterpiece. Having been an avid viewer of his previous films, it’s always been evident that his weird side has often polarized audiences across the board. What one can expect from his latest effort is not only a feast for the eyes, but one of the most masterful forms of storytelling ever put on film. It’s also the funniest movie to come in years.
In the year’s most hilarious and outgoing performance, Ralph Fiennes stars as Gustave H, the concierge of a masterful hotel in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. As a dignified host to those that encounter the hotel, he is the hotel’s most respected member, and is viewed at in highly positive light by its other staff. When he is framed for a murder he did not commit, he must do whatever he can to prove his innocence.
The film is told in flashback form through the eyes of Gustave’s cherished lobby boy Zero (played phenomenally by newcomer Tony Revolori; F. Murray Abraham is the character grown up). This technique could have been a complete hit and miss (much like Anderson’s previous effort “Moonrise Kingdom”), but the remarkably original change-up to shoot the film in a different frame to portray the change in decades only shows off his talent.
Anderson’s brilliance in writing is not to be overlooked either. His abundance in flavorful jokes and one-liners adds as icing on the cake to a deliciously original story, one he co-wrote with long-time collaborator Hugo Guinness. Fiennes, in particular, has one of the most memorably hilarious lines I have ever seen in a scene on a train. And the film’s artwork and cinematography is a treasure to behold. I can easily call this one of the most visually captivating films I have ever seen.
Even every cast member, no matter how big or small the role is, delivers and has their own level of importance to the story. With a supporting cast of Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton (an unbelievably brilliant makeup work done), Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Harvey Keitel, Saoirse Ronan and various others to round out the superb cast, there is no limit to how much Anderson can surprise us.
There is no doubt, that Anderson has broke new ground with his work here. Make sure you stay through the credits for the extra bit of rousing score. It’s completely worth it. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a masterpiece and one of the most intelligent comedies of all time.
Winner of 4 Oscars: Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Original Score.