Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel

(Drivebycuriosity) - Wes Anderson is a brand name. The movie director has a reputation for hilarious & entertaining independent films full of surprises like "Moonrise Kingdom", "The Royal Tenenbaum" and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Ziossu". I enjoyed his newest creation, "The Grand Budapest Hotel", which is now running in US cinema theaters, even more than the mentioned movies (imdb).

The film is set in a fictional European state in the 1930s. The plot (no spoilers here) focuses on the adventures of 2 people, a concierge and a lobby boy, both of a remote, mountainside hotel, the name giving "Grand Budapest Hotel" (you can find a synopsis - with spoilers here wikipedia). Anderson delivered again a hilarious kaleidoscope of funny and sometimes dramatical events and spices this with a lot of slap stick. Cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman illustrated the narrative roller coaster with amazing pictures, I especially indulged in the images of the fictive hotel, a beauty by herself.

Anderson collected again an impressive cast. I had a lot of fun to follow Ralph Fiennes, as concierge, and the newcomer Tony Revolori as lobby boy. I also enjoyed the appearance of the exquisite Saoirse Ronan and of Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray ( a standard in Anderson`s movies), Edward Norton, William Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law and the rest of the team.

Congratulations. With "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Wes Anderson expanded his brand name as maker of alternative comedies and icon of the independent movie scene. Highly recommended!

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