Kenny the Movie Guy’s review published on Letterboxd:
I have been going back and forth on whether this or Fantastic Mr. Fox is my favorite Wes Anderson movie, since those two are the only ones I've seen. On the one hand, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a witty heist movie with breathtaking stop-motion animation, great character moments, good pacing and some of the most charming animated characters I've ever seen. On the other hand, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a murder mystery mixed with hilarious oddball comedy. There's a lot of things I want to talk about regarding this movie so let's dive right into it. First off, the best thing about this movie was definitely the cast. Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe and so many others are all giving it their all and they deliver some truly fantastic performances in this movie, the main standouts being Ralph Fiennes and newcomer Tony Revolori. M. Gustave and Zero are both hilarious and likable characters who have great chemistry with each other and the performances from Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori as these characters are great. The mystery in this movie and the overall pacing of the movie is extremely well-done and suspenseful and I was on the edge of my seat for the entire thing. I love this movie's mix of the "hunt for a valuable artifact" trope and a surprisingly violent/graphic murder mystery where no character is safe. The movie also has elements of a comedy and a heist/spy thriller which is really interesting, and the twist where the audience finds out the identity of the killer is definitely shocking and unexpected. The style of the movie is also very interesting and unique, it definitely feels like a Wes Anderson movie because of its unique cinematography, score, editing and acting. The movie has its own unique charm and style that only a talented director like Wes Anderson could deliver. This film has a wildly different and darker tone than Fantastic Mr. Fox but that didn't stop me from enjoying the movie. I think I slightly prefer Fantastic Mr. Fox over this movie but I still had a great time with this one.
Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a funny, suspenseful, dark, charming and entertaining murder mystery/oddball comedy that I highly recommend. The editing, cinematography, score and acting performances are fantastic and memorable and the movie has a very unique style that only Wes Anderson can pull off. I do think Fantastic Mr. Fox is still my favorite Wes Anderson movie but I like that this movie is so popular and that it got the Oscar attention it rightfully deserved. I'll give The Grand Budapest Hotel a 10/10.