The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed by Wes Anderson
All the nuances of a classical film, the beautiful precision and choreography of a play made cinematic, and old age tactics put to use to create a most inspired work of art. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a perfect representation of individuality and refreshing creativity, in a medium so overrun with the mundane regurgitated concepts that dominate popular cinema of our day. There is something to be said for standing apart, for maintaining artistic integrity, and furthermore, raising the bar of cinematic artistry. Wes Anderson, displays a not so common talent for storytelling, while he has made many movies, and none of them what one would consider common, the visual prowess he demonstrates in The Grand Budapest Hotel, is without a doubt one of the most alluring, and equally stunning illustrations one could hope to convey in a film.
The way in which the story unfolds, reminds me of Inception, in many ways a dream within a dream. A young girl visits a statue of a beloved Author. We are then introduced to this author, Tom Wilkinson, who then establishes his younger self in the form of Jude Law, who recounts his first and second meetings of Mr. Moustafa, played by F. Murray Abraham. Mr. Moustafa is the owner of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and the Author takes a personal interest in Moustafa’s story. Over dinner, Moustafa indulges the authors curiosity as he recalls the many circumstances that lead him to be as he was. It is the story of his apprenticeship as lobby boy, under the direction of M. Gustave, Ralph Fiennes. Is your head spinning? In need of a kick? The story is just beginning, and it is a wonderful and strange adventure that unfolds throughout the corse of the movie.
I couldn’t, in good conscience, leave you with any more than I have. To do so would be unfair to you, because I hope you’’ll pick this movie up from your nearest red-box the next time you leave your house. If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing a Wes Anderson film, I assure you, there is nothing quite like it. I’d have a hard time believing it would be something you wouldn't enjoy. Those who have had previous encounters with an Anderson film, will recognize his culmination of style, with its scrupulous composition, unique conceptions, and distinctive scene design. A serious appreciation for the meticulous work should be acknowledged by all, weather it is your regular cup of tea, or a new flavor you haven't had yet had the pleasure of getting to know, to love.