Reel Geek Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

I first became aware of writer/director Wes Anderson through the much talked about cult favorite Rushmore.  It was a very unique movie in and of itself, with it’s own quirky style that has since made Wes Anderson one of the most interesting voices in Hollywood today.  Each of his films has it’s own unique voice and style but one that is most assuredly a Wes Anderson movie.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is not a recent film by any stretch of the imagination, it was released back in 2014, three years ago from my seeing it and writing this review, but it is a film that has delighted me and captured my imagination like few movies that I’ve seen in recent years.

The Wikipedia page says the film is inspired by the work of Austrian author Stefan Zweig, which I’m sure it is, but I can also see inspiration in the film from the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s such as certain Marx Brothers films, but that’s just this critic’s interpretation.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is set largely in the fictional European republic of Zubrowka, in the 1930s, wherein the hotel concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes-Lego Batman Movie, Harry Potter)  and his lobby boy Zero Moustaffa (Tony Revolori-Dope, Spider-Man:Homecoming) get caught up in a madcap,screwball comedy of errors involving murder, mystery, a will, a stolen painting, a second secret will, and a second secret copy of a secret will, all the while with great performances from such Anderson favorite actors such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and more.

There really is so much I love about this movie, one of the the things I have to say that struck me the most was the effective use of cursing in this movie.  It was really interesting, and something I picked up on quickly, was that the use of curse words wasn’t thrown about randomly and excessively, as in most movies these days, it was used to accent a characters frustration or just in random spots that made the use of cursing quite hilarious, it was like watching a Marx Brothers movie with all this word play and sight gag humor than all of a sudden someone drops an F-Bomb, and it really worked for me here, it made those moments like twenty times funnier than a normal use of cursing.

 

Secondly here, the visuals in this movie are like little works of art, like this movie is a pop up book come to life with these great uses of color and the visual effects used to establish certain shots like how they did the miniature of the exterior to the hotel at times were just breathtakingly beautiful.  The cinematography of  long time Anderson collaborator Robert Yeoman (The Royal Tenenbaums) is just spectacular.

And of course, the cast all around is just delightful to watch, from the biggest role to the smallest, everyone gets their moment to shine in this grand treat of a movie.  I’m sure most of you have seen this film by now but if you haven’t, and you love movies and film as much as I do, you will greatly enjoy your time at The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I’m sure I’ll be making many return trips to this film soon, and will definitely be adding this film to my collection.

Reel Geek’s Rating- A+

The Grand Budapest Hotel is available now on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital formats.

 

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