The Grand Budapest Hotel – 2014

Wes Anderson is probably the most quirky director working today. His style is completely unique and meticulously executed. His films show a depth of precision and patience to create something so well organized and designed it makes the viewer wonder if the time and effort was worth it. It pretty much always is. The Grand Budapest Hotel is his most recent effort and follows the titular hotel’s concierge Gustav (Ralph Fiennes) and his lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) as they become embroiled in a web of murder and theft. The film employs a massive cast and a simply structured plot, but it utilizes both aspects very well and creates a coherent, albeit ridiculous, film that fits in well with Anderson’s other films and even stands above them in a number of ways.

Wes Anderson isn’t for everybody, but this is a great introduction into his weirdness.

Probably my second favorite of Anderson’s films, this one doesn’t quite make the highest marks, but I give it…

4.5 out of 5


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