The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel ★★★★

I must admit, Wes Anderson started to lose me with his last film, Moonrise Kingdom. It felt like he had run his course and was treading water, albeit in an entirely pleasant fashion. However I detect something different with TGBH - the familiar Wes Anderson tropes are still there as are the coterie of actors who people his films. But casting Anderson newcomer, Ralph Fiennes, was an inspired move and he brings gravitas and heart to Gustave H. as well as a delicious and fruity way with Anderson's dialogue. And Anderson structures the story like a Mendl's cake, with many layers that gradually reveal their tasty centre. This is an entirely satisfactory confection (yes I realise I'm over-egging the pudding metaphor) and one that will reward on repeated viewings.

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