The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel ★★★★★

The Grand Budapest Hotel. 2014. Directed by Wes Anderson.

After Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Wes Anderson directed his four Oscar Winning magnificent  masterpiece: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Wes Anderson’s ability to weave magical screenplays and bring them to life with his familiar team of actors, cinematographers, and composers has shown the world his grandiose talent for storytelling at the highest levels. In fact, The Grand Budapest Hotel is ranked #190 in IMDB’s top 250 movies and according to the BBC it is ranked 21 in the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century. 

With pastel colors, some of the most beautiful locations on earth, and his A-list regular cast, Wes Anderson made The Grand Budapest Hotel. Robert D. Yeoman has worked with Wes Anderson since Bottle Rocket (1996) and has cemented his signature style however, he did not win an Oscar for The Grand Budapest Hotel. The awards were given to Milena Canonero for Best Achievement in Costume Design, Frances Hannon/Mark Coulier for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, and Alexandre Desplat for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score. In my opinion, The Grand Budapest Hotel was robbed of the Best Original Screenplay. 

Writing, books, art, and publications in general are the common threads in all of Wes Anderson’s movies. In The Grand Budapest Hotel, it is the lobby boy who is the storyteller. However, the wise adult storyteller F. Murray Abraham sits in the luxurious Grand Budapest Hotel and tells his story to Jude Law (Young Writer) that takes place as Europe is erupting into war (Anderson switches to black and white during the fascist scenes to demonstrate the lack of creativity and art). This element of the film adds a morose dimension that shines a beacon of caution to the future. In other words, democracy must be safe guarded for art to flourish. 

Wes Anderson shows that he has earned the right to be an artist on his own terms. Consequently, the awards circuit rewarded him with accolades due to his merit. Next week, we shall see his tenth film, The French Dispatch (2021) as Anderson displays his love of print magazines especially The New Yorker at its best.

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Own on AppleTV.

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