Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I just returned from seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel with my mom and brother! 
And boy, saying that it was grand would be an understatement.

I would be lying if I said that I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the movie. It was a bit hard to follow at times, but I guess that is exactly what I can always expect from a Wes Anderson movie.

However, as most people are aware, Wes Anderson movies are so grand because of their incredible visual style, and The Grand Budapest Hotel is said to be the most Wes Andersonish of any Wes Wnderson film. I most certainly agree. The cinematography, direction, set design and art direction did not disappoint. The visuals were outstanding and so meticulously composed. I find it hard to believe that it took less than 20 years to film this, from what I could tell Wes did not break any of his crazy and probably very time consuming self imposed filming rules. Every shot had incredible symmetry, the film was loaded with dry humour, there were beautiful sets and colour palettes (even some of his signature yellow and blue themes snuck into this film), extremely precise filming, awkward pauses, and of course Wes included a bunch his reoccurring collaborators (Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Tilda Swinton to name a few).

Crazy Symmetry and colours!

Check out the make-up on that one!  (My mom was very impressed!)

P.S. Maybe it's just because I have such a sweet tooth, but I found this Grand Budapest Hotel Short "How to make a Courtesan au Chocolat" to be quite cute. It's a Wes Andersony clip suitable for the Food Network!.

All in all seeing this film was thoroughly enjoyable. It made me (and my mom and brother) chuckle, and during the moments that were hard to follow, I had no problem taking a second to appreciate the amazing visuals. I would definitely recommend the film!

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