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One of the most clever films you'll see all year,
This review is from: The Grand Budapest Hotel [DVD] (DVD)
“You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity.” Wes Anderson is one of them. His movies can be described in a number of ways but the word that invariably comes to mind is genius. The writer/director behind brilliant films such as “Rushmore” (my personal favorite), “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Moonrise Kingdom”, he’s effectively created his own world of quirky and zany characters that resonate with people more than your typical Hollywood escape. And now after only two years since the release of his last project he brings us “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, which proves to be just as delightful and charming as his past work. Chock-full of small but equally memorable roles from actors that we all know and love, it may be the most clever movie you see all year.
Set in 1932, it’s the story of Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), a sprightly concierge at the Budapest Hotel who quickly becomes friends with his new protege and lobby-boy, Zero (Tony Revolori). Their adventures begin after the death of a wealthy guest who after being carefully taken care of by Gustave, is soon found dead. We see him quickly become pinned as the prime suspect and the events surrounding Zero’s attempt to clear his name. Full of slapstick humor that will undoubtedly make you laugh, the film is constructed in a magnificent and elegant manner where all the characters get their chance to shine. Even the smallest roles (the crippled shoe-shine boy and the man with a scar on his face) still have an impression on the movie as a whole, and it never feels too ‘written’.
Ralph Fiennes delivers a striking and hilarious performance unlike anything he’s ever done, and works well alongside scene-stealers like Adrien Brody and Edward Norton. The movie’s fast-paced and distinct style may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re a fan of Wes Anderson this will be another great film to add to the collection.