The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel ★★★★★

"You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it."

Truly Wes Anderson's magnum opus. All of the qualities that make Wes Anderson great are on full display here. I firmly believe that this is the most visually stunning movie in his filmography, possibly the most visually stunning movie I've ever seen. But it's not at all gimmicky or shallow, because the opulence and beauty of this world are so tied into what the story is about. I would also venture to say that this is Anderson’s funniest movie, as well as his most epic in scale, with some of the best pacing and most pristine and creative structuring. But beneath that there’s also an undercurrent of sadness, as we mourn the loss of this beautiful world, since ravaged by war, and the people like Gustav H who stood for civility and care. And the creative use of the triple framing device emphasizes how valuable it is to immortalize these stories. Plus, this performance may very well be the height of Fiennes’ film career.

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