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The Grand Budapest Hotel’ was the biggest surprise of this year’s Best Picture nominations. If you haven’t heard about this movie, then please go and live in Adak.
So, the premise of the story is that a young girl is reading the book of the national author called ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. The author [Jude Law] is then shown recounting about how he got his hands on this extraordinary story. The author was young and was living in ‘Grand Budapest’, a once famous hotel in the Republic of Zubrowka. The author then meets the owner of the hotel called Moustafa [Tony Revolori, Murray Abraham] and he recites his adventures with the legendary concierge of the Grand Budapest, Gustave.H [Ralph Fiennes] and how a murder and a will starts a chain of events which takes Gustave and Moustafa on an adventure in which they find love, friendship and truth of the murder of Madame Céline Villeneuve Desgoffe und Taxis [Tilda Swinton].
So, this is one hell of a crazy ride. I really liked the first half of the movie. The movie starts on a really good note with a lot of funny gags. I a very big admirer of Jude Law and Wes brings back Jason Schwartzman which adds more to the appeal. Everything still looks like a Johannes Vermeer painting- so real yet artistic. Every scene from the exterior view of Grand Budapest to the elevator scenes are brilliant and a visual treat.
But, the quality of the screenplay deteriorates in the second half with the unbelievable escape of Gustave from prison and a hell lot of gags going flat. There were only three scenes in the second half where I laughed out loud. Well, I have always been an Wes fan because of Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom. But honestly, it didn’t match up to the expectations I had set to Wes’ films after watching Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom.
The performances in this movie are brilliant. Ralph Fiennes is awesome. He rocks ever scene he stars in. I think if any one wants to start a career in the film industry, the first man on his/her wishlist should be Wes. He gave one hell of a start to Jason Schwartzman, he gave one hell of a star to Owen and Luke Wilson, he gave a redemption to Bill Murray’s career and now he has started the career of Tony Revolori with a bang. He is brilliant in his role. I love to see Jason and Bill once again in a Wes movie. Jude Law, Edward Norton and Murray Abraham are brilliant as always. Performance wise too, this movie is a treat.
Now, to the technical aspects. The direction of Wes Anderson is impeccable. I love his direction. Every scene is a visual treat. The production design, costume design and makeup of the movie is awesome. The score of Alexandre Desplat is brilliant.
This film is enough to please Wes’ fans. But, I think the Oscar nomination should have gone to Nightcrawler instead of Grand Budapest. I would recommend it to Wes’ fans or people who are looking for a movie with a few laughs.
Rating : 7.9/10
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