Movie Review – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Posted: October 10, 2015 in Movie Reviews
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Every frame is a painting. You’d truly associate with that sentence when you watch the movie. Attention to details was so awesome that you will forgive everything else when you watch the movie. When I was watching the movie, either for good or bad, I was interrupted a number of times. Every time I had to pause, it was a painting. I was talking over the phone and was observing the symmetry, the lighting, how objects were equally spaced, how every object had a meaning. Beautiful is the word. Beautiful it was.

the grand budapest hotel

This is just my second movie of Wes Anderson. I got a glimpse of his world in Moonrise Kingdom. But wasn’t taken into it. The Grand Budapest Hotel’s template too was similar. Symmetry, steady shots, art, painting, wry humor and add to it brilliant music. Here it worked. Of course the film was better than Moonrise Kingdom but I too was in a better frame of mind. Ever since I got to know the meaning behind Kurosawa’s framing, lighting, leading lines and camera movements I started liking movies where a shot has some meaning, rather than saying something through dialogues.

The movie could have easily started with Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and the lobby boy, Zero. But instead it goes from a flashback to flashback to flashback. You know Wes Anderson creates his own world and it doesn’t fit in any definitive time period but here even the hotel and settings he creates as per his timeline which means it’s an extra effort which he intentionally does to add style to his movie. It’s debatable whether it’s worthy or not, needed or not etc. But at the end of the day it looks like how it should have been. That’s how he scores.

Of all, the absolute charmer was Zero (Tony Revolori). Be it his combination scenes with Gustave or the romance with Agatha (Saoirse Ronan). It was terrific. His indianized face severely reminded me of Kal Penn and Kunal Nayyar. This guy deserved an award. As if the name Zero wasn’t astounding enough. His way of using his name to write the love letter, Z to O was brilliant.


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