The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dir. Wes Anderson
All of Wes Anderson films have a flavor all their own set in his own stylized world. This film is no different and shows off a ridiculous array of actors from the lead Ralph Fiennes, in perhaps his most gripping role since Schindler’s List, to Edward Norton. Each role is tailored fit for the actor and play almost like a cameo guessing game. That’s not to say they detract from the quirky story which is a bit of a mystery/thriller/comedy. Not a typical blend and certainly much bloodier than most of Anderson’s work. It comes off as a bit off putting at times with the heavier language and erotic art, but ultimately it all crescendos to a riveting finale. Not a film to be missed for Anderson fans or those who enjoy a smartly made yarn with strong visual designs which utilize a bit of his Fantastic Mr. Fox animation. The score by Alexadre Desplat is marvelous and perhaps his best to date.
For those who notice, I hope your theater has a better care with the display of the film considering its format is different than what is currently main stream. A 1.37 : 1 aspect ration instead of a 1.85 : 1 meaning a more square display. We missed a bit of the bottom half of the screen in our viewing.