|Fig 1 - The Grand Budapest Hotel Poster|
Incidentally, the film features a veritable who's-who of famous faces, including (but not limited to) the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan. In fact, I'm perfectly sure there are twice as many names worth listing as the film is utterly fraught with cameos. But of course, the crowning jewel of the film has to be Ralph Fiennes, whose performance demonstrates the decorum and elegance of a truly professional gentleman, even in the most hopeless of situations. Eloquently spoken yet firm-handed when necessary, Fiennes makes every moment count in his turn as the hotel's chief-in-command and gives an unprecedented degree of class to the devoted concierge.
|Fig 2 - The Grand Budapest Hotel - Gustave and Zero|
I have seen TGBH several times now and, for whatever reason, I am always reluctant to do so. It's not a long film by any means, which is usually the off-putting element for me. Perhaps due to it's 'epic' nature whereby it is presented as a story within a story, the film feels longer than it is, but I didn't find that to be the case this time. As always, once the film got going I was charmed by the deadpan characters and vehemently regimented cinematography Anderson has become known for. If anything, the one element that stood out to me in this viewing was just how 'sweary' the film is. I take no issue with this, as it's a delicately sprinkled layer of 'cuss' words that contrast to great humorous effect alongside the grandiose tone of the film. Without them it might seem almost pompous in it's grandeur, but they aren't used to the point of excess so the film never lowers itself in any way.
Overall I can safely call TGBH my favourite of Anderson's films to date, though his previous works do not fall far behind. It's humorous, dark and jam-packed with eye-candy that warrants repeat viewings to fully appreciate.
Fig. 1 The Grand Budapest Hotel Poster (2014) From: The Grand Budapest Hotel - Directed by: Wes Anderson
Fig. 2 The Grand Budapest Hotel Screenshot (2014) From: The Grand Budapest Hotel - Directed by: Wes Anderson