Grand Budapest Hotel (Off Topic) Movie Review

I'm a big fan of Wes Anderson's movies. I know absolutely nothing about the bloke, himself. All I know is that his movies are appealing to me. I find myself completely absorbed, able to let go of all other thoughts, reason, and temptations to predict what will happen next. I simply just enjoy the ride...the beautiful, poetic, and imaginative ride.

I don't usually go to the movies. I think the last time I went to a theatre was to see "Shutter Island" with my mother several years ago. I just don't enjoy the crowd, the noise and the distractions. I'm usually content to rent something from the Apple Store or check out a recent release on Netflix. Yesterday, was an exception to my "usual".

My boyfriend bought tickets to go see Wes Anderson's, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" at the Keystone Art Cinema for a nice Sunday afternoon date. Even though it is located in a reasonably upscale mall, it has one thing most cinemas don't...a bar. Who could resist the opportunity to have a nice, tall gin and tonic while watching a movie, right? So we went a little early and picked up the tickets and found our spot up front and settled in. House lights down, and projector on...

"The Grand Budapest Hotel", like most Wes Anderson movies, is staged primarily in a surreal, and somewhat strange place. This time, that place is a hotel, overlooking a small Alpine village, on the side of mountain, accessed by a small winding road, but most often, a funicular (a strange and fairly unfamiliar contraption in and of itself). The hotel is pink and the employees wear purple. The lighting is almost always slightly dim, yet  colourful. That moment between night and the first crack of a new dawn. The characters are equally colourful, quirky, nearly impossible, often over-the-top and strange. Each one is hand crafted like the unusually usual characters of any comic book. The cast is full of odd faces, both familiar and unknown. The predominant and most familiar are Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, and Edward Norton, with brief appearances by Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Harvey Keitel, and an unrecognisable Tilda Swinton. Mr. Fiennes' co-star and somewhat unfamiliar is Tony Revolori. 

Wes Anderson movies feel like adult versions of children's books. The dialog is reminiscent of the 1940s, filled with lines we associate more with the likes of a Cary Grant, Catherine Hepburn or a Humphrey Bogart. They are educated, smooth, clever and somewhat unnatural from the way normal people speak in their everyday lives. The dialog and action both flow like poetry, no matter how fantastic or unreal. Anderson's settings, although adult, appear to be as if they came from the imagination of a 8 year old child. Somehow he pulls it off, and as adults we anxiously take that leap into beautiful, yet complicated silliness. It's as if the bouncy castle was left open and no one is looking.  Yeah, that's right...just step right in there. You know you want to...Now jump!

I can't emphasise just how fantastic this movie is, and though I'm not going to write about the plot or any description of the characters, I am going to say...

...JUST GO SEE IT!

Most importantly...

...ENJOY THE RIDE!

Inspired By Deputy Vilmos Kovacs (Jeff Goldblum's character in "The Grand Budapest Hotel")

Inspired By Deputy Vilmos Kovacs (Jeff Goldblum's character in "The Grand Budapest Hotel")