Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Director: Wes Anderson. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Bob Balaban. 100 min. Rated R. USA/Germany/UK. Comedy.

Okay, I caved in and broke my Wes Anderson oath again, and watched another one of his highly-acclaimed, star-showered quirky comedies. And although again I did not find the story particularly funny (maybe cute, maybe charming, but not funny), Anderson's usual symmetric frame compositions are very pleasing to the eyes, Alexander Desplat's score works wonders, and Ralph Fiennes remains one of the most award-ignored actors in Hollywood. This movie is engaging, but I am yet to understand the point behind Anderson's comedies. If there are any.

PS: Thank you, Maryam, for urging me to watch this. While I give it a So-so, I'm glad I gave Wes Anderson another chance. Let's see what he comes up with next.

Mo says:


  1. There is no such thing as a lovers' oath- Plato (he meant movielover !).
    I liked the movie because of your description:
    Anderson's usual symmetric frame compositions are very pleasing to the eyes...The story is not very important, because it is merely a frame for portraying the stunning visuals, the dark humour and the rapid-fire dialogue.(that I couldn't get all since they are so fast !) I've read that Wes Anderson walks the fine line between folly and genius. Maybe its truth but I guess creating such surrealistic atmosphere is really unique and genius . It made me to feel the power of cinema take audience to unknown world of imagination and fantasy ...and that's a great feeling!.