The Something Something Film Review

Some films have that special something, and some films seem like they stepped in something. Allow me to help you know the difference, and maybe find you something good to watch.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

hr_The_Grand_Budapest_Hotel_3THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – rated ‘R’ / one hour and 40 minutes / directed by Wes Anderson / written by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig / actors: Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, and Tony Revolori

There are, I think, three kinds of people that may be reading this film review: the ones who actively hate Wes Anderson’s films (but enjoy reading about them), the ones who unreservedly adore his films (and soak up everything they can find on them), and the undecideds. These are people who have liked one or two of his movies, but are critical of the rest, saying things like “his style is a bit much” or “people don’t talk/look/act like that”, and other such dismissals.

It is for this last camp that I write this. After all, the haters will find that THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is thoroughly and completely a member of Team-Anderson, with its stylish quirk, nuanced eloquence and unique diarama-type set design. Indeed, the Wes-lovers too will be relieved to find this to be so, and love it for those same reasons.

In fact, if you are already a fan of Wes Anderson’s films (MOONRISE KINGDOM, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, RUSHMORE, etc.) then you have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of his newest creation, and have, no doubt, either already seen it or made plans to.elevator

That is as it should be. Stop reading now, watch it and then come back to me. I don’t do spoilers, but you should watch this film with as little fore-knowledge as possible.

Here’s a spoiler: this film is an absolute pleasure. Every aspect is nailed: cast, color palette, cinematography, writing, art design, acting, direction, music. I love it all.

The film is a story within a story (and several stories within that), but at no time is it confusing. It manages to be playful, and yet is still willing to go to some darker places. Every moment is filled with something for your eye or ear to chew on and savor.

goldblumI have a new favorite Wes Anderson film. Regardless of what you thought about his previous creations, watch THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. I challenge you to not be charmed, impressed, and completely won over by this delightful film.

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