Now I'm on my summer holidays, one of my top priorities is to catch up on all the great films I've missed due to basically sacrificing my life to study for exams. One of the first on my list was The Grand Budapest Hotel. I had high expectations for this film; a star-studded cast, directed by the famously quirky Wes Anderson and featuring a score by one of my favourite composers, Alexandre Desplat. It is fair to say that it did not disappoint in any aspect!
Just like in Moonrise Kingdom, this film has the perfect mix of comedy and romance - although it is in no way a romantic comedy. The Grand Budapest features murder, love affairs and deaths of major characters - but Wes Anderson deals with these controversies in such a tongue and cheek way that you are left untouched and unoffended.
If you have an affinity for cinematography and aesthetic, you will fall in love with this film. The shots are centrally arranged to create almost perfect symmetry which gives the movie a feel reminiscent of an animation. It's additionally refreshing to see a film that's not scared to have a LOT of pink in it - which I think helps it stay innocent and playful.
|pink! symmetry! opulence!|
|Revolori and Fiennes, respectfully, as Zero Moustafa and Gustave H.|
I loved basically every aspect of this film, although perhaps I'm biased since I adore Wes Anderson and most of the cast. Do you have any recommendations for me to watch next? What's your favourite Wes Anderson film?