Wes Anderson remains as one of the most original filmmakers out there with great films like The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox. At the same time his films are so out there some times that not everyone really understands or connects with them. His latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel once again looks to take things in a strange direction and sports a brilliant cast including Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, and Fisher Stevens, but does it live up to his previous work?
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend and the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune, all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Anyone that has seen any film by Wes Anderson knows they are for something a bit out there and this film is no different. This film is full of strange characters and an odd little world that is so bizarre it is brilliant. It would be intriguing to see how Anderson directs his actors as they always deliver performances in his films are like nothing else and this film is no different. Each of them brings a strange emotionless mentality to the roles while still managing to express every emotion needed. This film is like watching a silent film with sound as the performers use a lot of mannerisms and movements to the sell their performance as opposed to just the dialogue. Each and every actor bring their A-game to their performances to create some of the most interesting characters to come along in some time. At first it is hard to tell where this film is headed, but very quickly it takes off in an almost manic pace that if you step away for a moment could miss out on some key elements, yet everyone in the film seem to have no concept of time. There are some great twists and character moments with the revelation of the underground network of conceirge’s and priests that is pretty funny. There are some aspects of the film that never fully explain certain things, but are easily ignored as they help to keep things fresh and different while still moving things alone.
This is easily one of Anderson’s best films to date. It has everything needed to deliver something original and a bit out there and gives the feel of true old school filmmaking right down to the use of models that are never attempted to made to look like the real thing and fits in perfectly. If you are looking for something new and different then check out this film as it is not only both, but a refreshing piece of cinema that will hopefully mark the return to this sort of filmmaking.