The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is a charming comedy film written and directed by Wes Anderson, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zwieg. This film features a lot of well known actors, some Wes Anderson favorites and a few newcomers, including the gorgeous Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe and many others.
First, let me tell you what it’s about. I kind of went into this film knowing not a great deal about it other than the basics, it’s got something to do with a hotel, and from the trailers and the posters, it looked like a pretty beautiful one at that. The film basically revolves around Monsieur Gustave H played by Ralph Fiennes, a hotel concierge who, with the help of one of his employees Zero (Tony Revolori) has to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder.
I may as well start with how it looks because it’s simply beautiful and bold. Filmed entirely in Germany, the hotel and the whole town and village it’s self is extremely beautiful and enchanting. The vibrant pastel colors throughout remind me of a quaint European village and along with the excellent cinematography and camera shots, this film is seriously a pleasure to see. The pastel pink used throughout is such a beautiful color against the background of the snow. I’d love to book a room at this hotel if it was real.
Wes Anderson is very talented at creating unique, dynamic, and charming characters, like Sam and Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom, or like the ecentric characters in The Royal Tenenbaums. And he really does it again in this film. As someone who loves great character development and fascinating character quirks, this film was really perfect for me. Each character had so much…life. Each were so intriguing and engaging in their own funny and for certain characters, menacing kind of way.
The dialogue in The Grand Budapest Hotel, was absolutely fantastic. Not one word out of any character’s mouth in the film was not worth paying attention to. I actually watched this film with subtitles because I am very obsessive (surprise surprise) with knowing what everything is saying. I like to pay attention, I guess because I am a writer I value what the characters are saying. And it was really worth it in this film. The dialogue was so incredibly sharp, witty, memorable and quick, in fact anything that came out of Monsieur Gustave H’s mouth was completely brilliant, a few of my favorites being, “It’s not that I don’t like it, It’s that I find it physically repulsive” and “You’re looking so well, darling, you really are… they’ve done a marvelous job. I don’t know what sort of cream they’ve put on you down at the morgue, but… I want some.”
Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel epitomizes the definition charming. The set and location is magically enchanting, the characters incredibly lovable, charismatic and whimsical and if you’re anything like me, the dialogue makes this film definitely worthy of watching with subtitles.
PSYCHO CINDERELLA’S RATING– 10/10
Bravo! Now, who’s got the throat slitter so I can cut this cake?
PS- You can buy this beautiful DVD here!