Since the 2010 release of the last film that Wes Anderson directed, “Moonrise Kingdom,” I have been looking forward to seeing what his next film would be.
After two years, and a lot of anticipation, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” opened in theaters in March. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is Anderson’s eighth film that he has both written and directed and I had high hopes for it. I was definitely not disappointed.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” tells the story of a Mr. Gustave H., who is an outstanding concierge at one of Europe’s most famous hotels. He is loved by all who enter the hotel, and he and his apprentice, Zero Moustafa, run the hotel together. When a long-time client of the hotel, Madame D, passes away suddenly, and leaves her most prized possession, a priceless painting, to Mr. Gustave H, her family is outraged and tries to inherit her possessions. Gustave enlists Zero to help him on his quest to get what is rightfully his. The film follows the characters on a crazy trip around Europe to retrieve the painting.
Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H. and unknown actor Tony Revolori as Zero is the perfect combination for this film. The two actors have unquestionable chemistry, and by the end of the film, you feel like you really know the two main characters. Anderson gives an extensive history on both characters, and offers you an idea of what their personalities are like. Gustave H. is the perfectionist boss you hate but love at the same time, and Zero is a character who is just trying to make it in the world. If you’ve seen any other film by Wes Anderson, you know that every film has a few celebrity cameos. In “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” it seems as if Anderson got all of the actors he has ever used in any of his films and put them in the movie. The list of actors in this movie is huge and just to name a few, includes: Owen Wilson, William Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban and Jason Schwartzman.
Aside from the star-studded cast, the film offers an action packed narrative that is comedic, romantic, and exciting. The dialogue is fast-paced, funny and witty, and keeps you interested throughout the entire film. Behind the dialogue, the music compliments the ambiance and setting of the film. It adds a whimsical feeling and is extremely similar to the music that is used in both “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” two of Anderson’s previous films.
Anderson succeeds in creating a film with symmetrical sets, fantasmical graphics, a quirky soundtrack, and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie. To me, this film was a mix of “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” With the same ambiance and fantasy-like settings that are similar to “Moonrise Kingdom,” this film topped all of Anderson’s others for me. Combining that with the fast paced action style that he uses in “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” he has created the ultimate movie.
I do not have anything bad to say about “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” It has definitely taken over the number one spot on my list of favorite movies.