Thursday, 3 July 2014

Movie Date: The Grand Budapest Hotel

This is a movie I just watched recently. When I started watching it, I didn't know who made it but it was quite obvious after seeing the first few frames. If you've watched Moonrise Kingdom - or probably other works of his -, you will most likely be able to tell that this was yet another masterpiece of Wes Anderson's. There is always a retro and subtly colourful touch to all his frames, the characters talk in a tone (quick and comical) and the attention to little active details which leaves a little assembly-line feel. Overall, his productions feel more theatrical than blockbuster - which is always a good thing. The Grand Budapest Hotel has a lot of amazing cast, such as Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe and Jeff Goldblum, to name a few. They all did such a marvellous job bringing the story to life. I love how Anderson focuses on the story and not in using all the frame times on famous actors - which sometimes is done in movies.

The story is really intriguing, that when you're all caught up in everything that's going on, you'll forget that it's a story within a story. The actual narrator is an author who tells a story about when he was staying in The Grand Budapest Hotel and met the owner, Mr. Moustafa, who told him the story on how he got the hotel. It was the story of his youth and a man named M. Gustave. It was filled with adventures and many witty situations. The story is really incredibly hilarious and theatrical in many ways, set in an alternate universe version of World War II in a doomed country called Zubrowka. My roommate told me that the film was set in Germany, somewhere in Saxon. There were hints in the movie itself, such as using German words (like the Kunstmuseum), Gustave mentioning Saxon, etc. Heck! It was even set in Saxonian Switzerland, which I've been to, and I didn't even realise! One of the greatest films I've ever watched, highly recommended!

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