The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel Gustave Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson

The Grand Budapest Hotel: a girl reads a book’s prologue, which the author personally sets up; his younger self meeting a hotel owner, who tells him how he came to own a hotel, after he helped a concierge that was once framed for murder. Only that last part is necessary, but hey, this is a Wes Anderson film so suck up the whimsical details you boringly normal douchebag! The ensemble cast is phenomenal – if a little male-centric – to the point where it becomes distracting, but to be fair, the less time you spend thinking about the story the better. Fiennes makes this way funnier than it should have been with his dashing, sweary, and thoroughly entertaining concierge role – an outstanding a piece of comedy-driven anti-casting, in fact, most actors appear to enjoy playing their exaggerated slapstick characters – and on the whole, they’re all fun to watch. There are plenty of great cinematic techniques resurrected here; with models, scale, depth and focus all being used to powerful effect. The cinematography is also meticulous – composition, shapes, balance, symmetry… it’s the epitome of mise-en-scène (any screenshot could be a painting) making Anderson one of the few directors around that give Park ChanWook a run for his money. Substance-wise however is where the film falls over, as it feels very light – the story is all shine and no significance beyond the homage to old-timey farces. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a very unique movie, and Anderson’s most entertaining & accessible film to date. Like one of Mendl’s pastries it’s beautiful and admirable, but very light and fluffy.

Score: 7.5/10

The Grand Budapest Hotel Palace Bristol Hotel Karlovy Vary Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson

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8 comments
  1. I absolutely LOVE this movie, it’s hilarious!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I guess the score is also gold for someone like yourself!

      I’m not a Wes Anderson fanboy, and find his films very divisive, which is why I was pleasantly surprised at how funny this was… and from a film-making perspective, just bloody ridiculously good!

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  2. imustseemovie.com said:

    I love this movie too I have watched it about 15 times

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Not sure that I love it that much, but I could imagine getting a few more runs through this in the future!

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  3. I’m in agreement with you. I enjoyed it , but it’s not the masterpiece so many others have proclaimed it to be.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Yeah, I’m not the biggest Wes Anderson fanboy (I hate the quirky / shoegazing stuff) but this and Darjeeling I can live with!

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  4. Dan said:

    I wouldn’t call myself a Wes Anderson devotee but I did enjoy this one immensely. It’s probably my favourite film of his along with The Darjeeling Limited. You’re spot on about every screenshot being meticulous.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      SNAP! They’re the only two films of his I could see myself watching again. Difficult to pinpoint why, but I’d guess it’s that they feel more measured and less irksome.

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