The Grand Budapest Hotel
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Wes Anderson
Based on: Stefan Zweig‘s writing (very loosely)
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Karl Markovics, Bob Balaban
Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) is not just a concierge, he is probably the best concierge there ever was and he has his fans. One of them is his newly acquired protégé Zero (Tony Revolori), another a frequent guest at the Grand Budapest Hotel, Madame D. (Tilda Swinton). When she is f0und dead, though, suspicion falls on Gustave and he has to try and clear his name and to claim his inheritance, all with Zero in tow.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is probably the best film Anderson made since The Life Aquatic, if not his best film so far, period. It is crazy, enjoyable, funny, aesthetic and weird and has an awe-inspiring cast. Wonderful.
As I sat in this film and watched Ralph Fiennes be hilarious I really started to wonder whether I had every actually seen him play a funny role… and I couldn’t think of any, except maybe his participation in In Bruges. In any case, it is an alley he should explore more because he’s really good at being funny.
Though one has to give credit to the general set-up for that, too. The characters and dialogues, the sets and the story, it all creates an atmosphere that is at once recognizably Andersonian and completely different from everything he’s done so far.
Apart from the craziness and the general joy you get from watching the film, it is also fun to see who else is going to pop up – and there is a new famous face about every 2 minutes or s and every role is fantastic.
But even without that, the film would have been perfect. I certainly left it with the urge to clap my hands from happiness.