The Grand Budapest Hotel

Written By: Sophie

Director: Wes Anderson Certificate: 15

It’s safe to say that Wes Anderson’s films have an acquired taste; his directing style is very distinctive and the obsessive attention to detail is definitely something you don’t see in every film. From experience, people either love his films or hate them and I, personally, absolutely ADORE them – and The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of my favourites of his yet.

Grand Budapest starts off with a young writer (Jude Law) staying in the brash, run-down hotel, whereby he meets Mr Moustafa (F Murray Abraham), who ends up telling him the story of his life as a lobby boy in The Grand Budapest Hotel as Zero (Tony Revolori). He shadows the colourful character, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), to learn the tips of the trade but slowly ends up following his story in which he is framed for the murder of one of his temporary love interests, Madame D. (Tilda Swindon).

The casting is one thing that is particularly brilliant (as usual), making it a refreshingly comedic piece; Ralph Fiennes plays a charismatic concierge, who does not hold back on the swearing, with a meticulous and arrogant attitude to both his job and life in general, giving the film a more uplifting tone amongst the current situation of war. In contrast to M. Gustave, Jopling (Willem Dafoe) and Dmitri (Adrien Brody) are two-dimensional caricatures of cold-blooded villains who are determined claim the painting ‘Boy with Apple’. What is so brilliant about the purposely black and white characters is that it accentuates the depth of M. Gustave and Zero and so you, as a member of the audience, get see more than just an arrogant concierge and an inexperienced lobby boy getting to know each other. The score is something that can make or break a film – luckily, it one of my favourite things about this film. Alexandre Desplat has done an amazing job and it is beautifully composed, suiting the style and tone of the picture seemingly effortlessly. It is dramatic and entertaining yet all the same wonderfully delicate and peaceful, making you want to just close your eyes and imagine you are in the orderly world of Wes.

The film is heart-warming and enlightening, still managing to keep that delightfully comical tone that is apparent in all of Anderson’s films and I am sure that it would even entertain the minds of some sceptics of his films.