Having heard heaps of positive praise about Wes Anderson for years and never having seen his movies, I finally went to The Grand Budapest Hotel as an introduction to the director and was instantly blown away.
I studied film and media for several years a decade or so ago so feel I have a good grasp of what makes a good movie and TGBH did not disappoint on any level.
The set pieces were all individual works of art in themselves and each shot was meticulous. My jaw dropped at a single shot of the dining hall early on in the movie and that was the moment that I knew I would love this movie. The movie is shot in three different aspect ratios depending on the time line of the scene, giving variety to each section which most viewers wont pick up on immediately, but will be subconsciously aware of. The use of a narrower depth of field gives an element of whimsy to the wider shots and adds to the fantastical nature of the imagery.
The dialogue is sharp and witty: funny with out having to sink to low brow humour prevalent in most modern movies.
Practical effects are used throughout the film, meaning it will not become outdated to quickly, with only one section resorting to using CGI and that scene is, for me, the only let down in an otherwise beautiful movie.
Having seen TGBH I immediately watched Wes Andersons back catalogue and now have a new favourite director.
If you are a fan of summer blockbusters, this movie isn't for you, however if you appreciate artist cinematography, tight direction and fast witted humour, I'm sure you will fall in love with The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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