‘Narration into narration, story into a story’ would be the best description of this years British-German movie product, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by straight-talking Oscar nominated Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom) follows Gustave H. (played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes), a concierge of a high-class European hotel between the two World Wars, his managerial success, sexual endeavours and emotional failures. Renaissance painting, determined lobby-boy (played by Tony Revolori) and mystical women are just bits that make this drama complete.
Based on the works of Stefan Zweig, late Austrian novelist, journalist and biographer, The Grand Budapest Hotel is an imaginative mishmash of history, love, mystery and dubious characters and personalities.
Besides Ralph Fiennes, Anderson’s movie gathered some of the biggest names in the world of cinema, such as Adrien Brody, Willem Defoe, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton, among others.
It’s a big shame that Anderson’s movie wasn’t released earlier and was, therefore, excluded from the Oscars. Biggest shame lies in avoiding a nomination for amazing music score by the even more amazing six-time Oscar nominated Alexandre Desplat (Philomena, Argo, The Queen), whose score will, I am sure, remain memorable in the years ahead.
It is safe to say that Anderson made yet another trademark movie with all the essential parts of what he represents in the cinema world today. There is a big possibility that The Grand Budapest Hotel will remain his most memorable achievement. Want to know why? Go to the cinema and enjoy this wonderful mixture of laughter, psychological games and enrooting music.