The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel ★★★★½

“Did he just throw my cat out of the window?”

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Ahh we’ve made it to Wes Anderson’s crown jewel. And man, does it deliver. Truthfully, I’ve seen about half of this before. Nick and I turned it on sometime in early 2020, without watching any other of Anderson’s films. We just weren’t having it, so we ended up turning it off. So to say I was a little nervous to revisit this was an understatement. But, this time around we actually had context and understood Anderson’s style.

This movie was simply so much fun. I don’t even think it’s that funny, but I definitely laughed. Of Anderson’s films, it’s easily the best and most cohesive story. It felt like a real attempt at a script, unlike his early work, and was an improvement on his already solid scripts like The Darjeeling Limited.

All of our characters are so enjoyable too. Whether it’s the dynamic Ralph Finnes or the intimidator Willem Dafoe, the whole cast of characters was great. It’s also so awesome to see such a magnificent ensemble of a cast. Big names like Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Jason Scwartzman, Tilda Swindon. Nobody puts together a cast quite like Wes Anderson. It’s such a treat to see so many recognizable actors. 

What an absolute blast this film is. Ever since watching it yesterday, it gets better each time I think about it. Can’t wait to revisit this sometime soon.

Rating: A

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